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RIO QUALIFICATION CRITERIA ANNOUNCED
USA Triathlon has determined the international events that will serve as individual qualifying opportunities for triathletes who will eventually represent the United States at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For full details, visit www.usatriathlon.org/gamescriteria.


The selection period for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team begins Aug. 1-2 with the ITU test event in Rio de Janeiro where U.S. elites must finish in the top eight to automatically qualify, and a maximum of two athletes per gender may qualify. If two spots are not earned in Rio, one automatic qualifying spot (for a top-eight finish) will be available at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago on Sept. 18-19. The third selection event will be an ITU Olympic-distance, draft-legal event to be held between March 1-May 31, 2016. If spots still remain after the three selection events, athletes may be selected by the Elite Athlete Selection Committee and/or an Objective Ranking System.


Paratriathlon will make its Paralympic Games debut in 2016. National Federation spots will be awarded to the winning country of each sport class (men: PT1, PT2, PT4; women: PT2, PT4, PT5) at the 2015 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Chicago on Sept. 17.


If the U.S. earns quota spots for the Paralympic Games, individual spots may be earned at three events, with priority given first to the Rio de Janeiro ITU World Paratriathlon Event, then a yet-to-be-determined sprint-distance, non-draft event to be held between March 1-June 30, 2016, and finally, the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships on Sept. 17, 2015. At each of the three identified events, a qualifying athlete must be the top U.S. finisher, provided the finish is within the top one-third of race starters in the respective sport class and also within five percent of the sport class winner’s time.


 


 


USA TRIATHLON HALL OF FAME INDUCTS SIX MULTISPORT TRAILBLAZERS
Olympic bronze medalist Susan Williams, IRONMAN World Champion Tim DeBoom, multi-sport contributor Dan Empfield, age-group multi-sport stars Bill Bell and Karen McKeachie and paratriathlete pioneer Carlos Moleda were announced in February as the seventh induction class of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.


The six inductees were honored at a banquet presented by Rudy Project on April 18 at the Harvard Club in Boston, as part of a celebration of endurance sports for the Boston Marathon. Visit www.usatriathlon.org for a full recap and photo gallery. Additional coverage will be available in the summer issue of USA Triathlon Magazine.


 


USA PARATRIATHLON, DARE2TRI LAUNCH DEVELOPMENT SERIES
USA Paratriathlon, a program of USA Triathlon, and the Chicago-based Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club have formed a partnership for the 2015 USA Paratriathlon Development Race Series to provide top-level competitive opportunities for the nation’s emerging paratriathletes.


 


PARTNER NEWS
USA Triathlon partnered with Race Innovation, Retül, VolunteerLocal, SelfGrip, the International POWERMAN Association and Raceday Transport. Visit www.usatriathlon.org to learn more about each partnership.


 


THREE NEW MEMBERS JOIN BOARD
USA Triathlon in January announced Staci Brode, Ben Collins and Joel Rosinbum as the newest members of the organization’s 12-member Board of Directors.


Brode (Dallas, Texas) was appointed by the Board of Directors to fill a vacant seat in the South Midwest Region and will serve her term through the end of 2015. Collins (Chicago, Ill.) assumes a seat on the USA Triathlon Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC) by virtue of his election to the Board as an Elite/Pro Athlete Representative, as appointed by a pool of elite athletes. Current AAC member Rosinbum (Austin, Texas) will also serve as an Elite/Pro Athlete Representative through 2016, and is the first paratriathlete to serve in this role.


 


USA TRIATHLON PRESIDENT BARRY SIFF EARNS SEAT ON ITU EXECUTIVE BOARD
USA Triathlon Board of Directors President Barry Siff was named to the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Executive Board following a vote at an ITU Board Meeting in Avignon, France, in December. Siff (Tucson, Ariz.) will serve as an ITU Board member until member federations vote on the seat again at ITU Congress next September in Chicago at the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final.


 


TEAM PSYCHO CONTINUES SPONSORSHIP
For the third straight year, USA Triathlon and the Collegiate Recruitment Program are pleased to announce Team Psycho® as a sponsor of the CRP Resident Program based in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the 2015 season. Team Psycho®, through its Elite Development Program, will provide grants for supplemental living expenses to seven CRP athletes.


 


RETRO TRI SERIES CELEBRATES THE SPORT’S HISTORY
Triathlon returns to its roots with the third annual USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series, featuring 12 beginner-friendly swim, bike, run events across the country in 2015. Established in 2013, the aim of the Retro Tri Series is to introduce new participants to the sport of triathlon, and events focus on camaraderie and enjoying multi-sport rather than competition. Some of the events are not timed. Participants in the Retro Tri Series are encouraged to wear retro-themed attire to celebrate the sport’s origins in the 1970s. Visit usatriathlon.org/retro for more information.


 


SPLASH & DASH SERIES RETURNS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR
The USA Triathlon Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series returns for the fourth straight year, with 46 swim-run events planned in cities across the United States with the aim of introducing youth to the multi-sport lifestyle. Participants ages 7-10 will cover a 100-meter swim and a 1-kilometer run, while athletes ages 11-15 will complete a 200m swim and a 2k run. Visit usatriathlon.org/splashanddash for details.


46 USA TRIATHLON SPRING 2015

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