COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Seven elite paratriathletes are set to represent the United States at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series opener in Milan this Saturday, highlighted by 2016 Paralympic gold medalist and three-time world champion Allysa Seely.
Milan is a first-time ITU World Paratriathlon Series host. The Italian city offers a scenic course, featuring a 750-meter swim in the Idroscalo Milano, followed by a flat and fast 19.5-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run on the roads surrounding the lake.
The races will be streamed live at triathlonlive.tv, with coverage beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET (1:30 p.m. local time). Subscriptions are available for purchase.
The Milan race is the first of four stops on the 2019 WPS calendar. The series also travels to Yokohama on May 18 and Montreal on June 28, before culminating at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sept. 1.
Seely (Glendale, Ariz.) leads the women’s PTS2 division after a memorable 2018 season in which she went undefeated in all four WPS stops, including the World Championships. Joining Seely on the PTS2 start list is U.S. teammate Hailey Danz (Wauwatosa, Wis.), the 2016 Paralympic silver medalist who took bronze at the World Championships last year. Seely and Danz are training partners at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, both members of the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon Resident Team.
Fellow Resident Team member Kyle Coon (Carbondale, Colo.) will make his WPS career debut in Milan. Coon closed his rookie season last October with a silver medal in the men’s PTVI division at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup. His success has continued into 2019, as he earned another silver at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships in March.
Kelly Elmlinger (San Antonio, Texas) will toe the line in the women’s PTS4 division as she looks to build upon a successful 2018 rookie season. Last year, Elmlinger won the USA Paratriathlon National Championships — only her second triathlon since becoming an amputee — and went on to place fifth in her international debut at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships. She capped the season in style, earning a gold medal at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup.
Jamie Brown (Bend, Ore.) will be chasing the podium in the men’s PTS4 division. After earning bronze at the 2017 World Championships, Brown competed in only two ITU races in 2018. He medaled in both, winning the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships and placing second at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series stop in Yokohama, Japan. Brown made his 2019 season debut at the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI event last month, earning bronze.
Representing the U.S. in the men’s PTS5 division is Dan. St. Pierre (Frankfort, Ill.). After placing third at the 2017 USA Paratriathlon National Championships, St. Pierre stepped to the top of the Nationals podium in 2018. He makes his WPS debut in Milan.
The women’s PTWC division will see Ahalya Lettenberger (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) go for her second career WPS medal. Lettenberger is a 2015 Parapan American Games gold medalist in swimming who began competing in elite triathlon in 2017. Her resume includes a 2017 ITU Paratriathlon World Cup victory, two runner-up finishes at the USA Paratriathlon National Championships, a bronze at the 2018 WPS stop in Yokohama and top-five finishes at both the 2017 and 2018 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships.
Complete paratriathlon start lists for WPS Milan are available at triathlon.org.
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