Video: Drew Shellenberger looks to "make memories" at Youth Olympic Games

By USA Triathlon | Oct. 04, 2018, 3:04 p.m. (ET)

At just 16 years old, Drew Shellenberger already has some incredible memories to look back on in his young triathlon career. 

He's won two high school national championships, a Youth Elite national title and has found himself on the podium for four straight years at the USA Triathlon Youth and Junior National Championships.

Now, he's ready to add one more accomplishment to that list. This weekend, Shellenberger will join Parker Albright as the sole representatives for the U.S. in the triathlon events at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

"I'm thrilled to be doing it," said Shellenberger, who is from Indianapolis. "I feel very privileged and lucky. It should be a big story to tell and memories to be made."

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.

"When I crossed the line and realized I had gotten third in the race and there weren't any Americans in front of me, I was like, 'Wait, I actually did it,'" Shellenberger said. "It was just a big moment of realization that my year-end goal was achieved."

Consider this just another step toward his ultimate dream. 

"Obviously, the long-term goal is for sure to go to the Olympics," Shellenberger said. "But, between now and then, there's a lot of (work to do). It would for sure be something special to go from the Youth Olympic Games to the actual Olympic Games."

Shellenberger will compete in the men's race on Monday, Oct. 8, where he'll look to make a statement that he's here to stay on the triathlon world stage for a long time.