Shellenberger, Albright to Represent U.S. at Youth Olympic Games Starting Sunday

By USA Triathlon | Oct. 01, 2018, 5:02 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Sixteen-year-old triathletes Drew Shellenberger (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Parker Albright (Roanoke, Va.) are set to compete at the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, taking place Oct. 6-18 in the Argentinian city. The triathlon competitions will take place Sunday, Oct. 7 for women; Monday, Oct. 8 for men; and Thursday, Oct. 11 for the mixed relay.

Shellenberger and Albright earned their spots on the Youth Olympic Team by finishing as the top U.S. athletes at the CAMTRI Triathlon American YOG Qualifier in Salinas, Ecuador, on July 1. Albright was the overall winner in the women’s race, while Shellenberger took third overall for men.

All Youth Olympic Games triathlon events will be held at Green Park in Bosques de Palermo. The course for individual races will cover a 750-meter swim, 19.4-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run. A total of 64 athletes — 33 men and 33 women — will compete, each country being represented by one athlete. Click here to view complete start lists.

The mixed relay event will showcase young talent in the fast-paced, spectator-friendly discipline ahead of its inclusion as a medal event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Four-person teams, including two men and two women, will be assembled by continent (Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania and America, comprised of North and South America). Multiple teams from each continent may compete.

In the relay format, each athlete completes a super-sprint 300m swim, 8k bike and 1.5k run before handing off to the next teammate, with the fastest combined time winning the race. Mixed relay team rosters will be announced after the athlete briefing on Tuesday, Oct. 9.     

Highlight videos will be available on triathlon.org/yog a few hours after each race, and complete results will be listed at triathlon.org.   

The Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 is a 12-day event featuring 4,000 competitors from around the world. Thirty-two sports will be contested, and for the first time, equal numbers of men and women will participate. For more information about the Youth Olympic Games, visit buenosaires2018.com.

Drew Shellenberger (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Shellenberger has been on the podium in four consecutive showings at the USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships. He was the 2018 Junior Elite Nationals third-place finisher, 2017 Youth Elite national champion, 2016 Youth Elite runner-up and 2015 Youth Elite third-place finisher. He also claimed the men’s 15-18 title at the 2018 USA Triathlon Age Group Sprint National Championships and earned back-to-back titles at the 2017 and 2018 USA Triathlon High School National Championships. He earned his first international win in the junior division in March at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon North American Championships.  

A junior at Southport High School in Indianapolis, Shellenberger holds two school records in swimming in the 500m freestyle (4:42:51) and 200m individual medley (1:56.19). He also competes on the school’s track and cross-country teams, with a 5k cross-country personal record of 16:03 and a mile record of 4:40. 

Parker Albright (Roanoke, Va.)

Albright is a two-time USA Triathlon Youth Elite national champion, winning the title in 2016 and 2017. She placed second at the 2018 USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Championships, which marked her first Nationals at the junior elite level. In addition to her win at the Salinas CAMTRI Triathlon American YOG Qualifier, Albright has one other international top-10 finish — a seventh-place showing in the junior division at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon North American Championships.

Albright is a junior at Cave Spring High School in Roanoake, Virginia. She won the 2017 Virginia 3A cross-country state title with a 5k time of 18:25.

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