ASIAGO, Italy — Amateur athlete Sheri Schrock raced her way to a top result for Team USA on Sunday with a bronze medal in her age group at the 2020 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships. Schrock was joined by eight other athletes who represented Team USA, four of them also earning top-10 finishes.
For the second straight year, Winter Triathlon Worlds was held at the Centro di Fondo Campolongo, a Nordic skiing venue in the heart of the Venetian mountains, featuring the unique multisport discipline that combines running, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. The age-group course featured a 3.63-kilometer run and 6.08-kilometer bike on snow-packed trails, followed by a 4.87-kilometer ski.
Schrock (Cohasset, Minn.) finished on the Winter Triathlon Worlds podium for the third consecutive year, earning the women’s 65-69 bronze medal in 1 hour, 18 minutes, 12 seconds. She previously earned a silver medal in 2019 and a gold medal in 2018. Schrock finished three minutes behind world champion Luisella Iabichella of Italy, who topped the podium in 1:15:11, and was less than a minute back from silver medalist Marianne Grünebach of Germany, who finished in 1:17:20.
Four other Team USA competitors finished in the top 10 of their respective age groups on Sunday. They include three athletes making their ITU World Championship debuts: Ken Ellingsen (Fitchburg, Wis.), who finished seventh among men 20-24 in 58:26; Tara Makinen (Grand Rapids, Minn.), who finished sixth among women 40-44 with a time of 1:00:52; and Philip Imholte (Grand Rapids, Minn.), seventh in the men’s 40-44 division at 55:36. Terri Hayworth (Anadarko, Okla.) made her second world championship start after competing in the 2017 Penticton ITU Duathlon World Championships, finishing eighth in the women’s 55-59 age group in 2:02:07.
In addition to age-group competition, the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships featured races for elite, junior, U23 and paratriathlon athletes, as well as an elite 2x2 mixed relay. Complete results from all events are available at triathlon.org.
2020 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships
3.63k run, 6.08k bike, 4.87k cross-country ski
United States Finishers
7. Ken Ellingsen (Fitchburg, Wis.), 58:26
6. Tara Makinen (Grand Rapids, Minn.), 1:00:52
7. Philip Imholte (Grand Rapids, Minn.), 55:36
11. Vanda Edmondson (Cyril, Okla.), 2:02:06
14. Christian Otto (Scarsdale, N.Y.), 53:44
33. Marcel Derosier (Arden Hills, Minn.), 1:03:08
8. Terri Hayworth (Anadarko, Okla.), 2:02:07
22. David Stygar (Lebanon, Conn.), 1:09:22
3. Sheri Schrock (Cohasset, Minn.), 1:18:12
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).