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ITU UNVEILS 2011 WCS AND WORLD CUP SCHEDULES
The International Triathlon Union recently announced the 2011 dates and cities for the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series and World Cup Series. The world’s finest triathletes will vie for the title of 2011 World Champion along with 2012 Olympic qualifying points in ITU’s premier series. For the World Cups, athletes will compete for ranking points for the 2011 World Championship and 2012 Olympic Games qualifying points in addition to $400,000 USD in prize money.


2011 DEXTRO ENERGY TRIATHLON ITU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
April 9-10: Sydney, Australia
May 14-15: Yokohama, Japan
June 4-5: Madrid, Spain
June 18-19: Kitzbühel, Austria
July 16-17: Hamburg, Germany
August 6-7: London, Great Britain
Grand Final – September 10-11: Beijing, China


2011 ITU TRIATHLON WORLD CUP SERIES
March 27: Mooloolaba, Australia
April 17: Ishigaki, Japan
May 8: Monterrey, Mexico
July 3: Edmonton, Canada
August 14: Tiszaujvaros, Hungary
October 9: Huatulco, Mexico
October 15: Tongyeong, South Korea
November 6: Guatapé, Colombia


 


LAURA BENNETT TOPS ITU BEST SWIMMER RANKINGS
In addition to securing a top-10 ITU World Championship Series ranking in Budapest, Hungary, top-ranked American Laura Bennett also wrapped up the 2010 season at the top of the WCS Best Swimmer Rankings.


Bennett (Boulder, Colo.), who posted the top swim split in three ITU WCS events, earned a $5,000 prize for her swimming performances throughout the season.


Additionally, Sarah Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished the series as the No. 2 women’s swimmer, and Chris Foster (Redondo Beach, Calif.) was the second-ranked men’s cyclist. Haskins and Foster earned a $3,000 bonus for their respective rankings.


New for 2010, the ITU segment rankings rewarded the best swimmer, cyclist and runner throughout the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series. Athletes scored points at each of the seven series events, with the crown of best swimmer, biker or runner awarded after the Grand Final in Budapest. In total, $60,000 in segment rankings bonuses were awarded ($10,000 per gender, per discipline).


 


SCOTTSDALE FACILITY NAMED USAT PERFORMANCE CENTER
USA Triathlon announced in September that Multisport Training Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., has met the official standards necessary to be deemed one of USA Triathlon’s three Certified Performance Centers across the United States.


The Center is committed to improving the fitness and performance of the multisport athlete. Multisport Training Center offers various testing services such as metabolic and VO2 testing, as well as access to coaches who have been skillfully trained to analyze test results to provide quality interpretation to help clients take their training to the next level.


USAT Certified Performance Centers serve as CEU locations, provide free access to Project 2012 and 2016 National Team program members and provide performance testing using U.S. Olympic Committee protocols and benchmarks.


 


SPORTS CENTER NAMED CERTIFIED TRAINING CENTER
USA Triathlon announced Oct. 13 that New York City’s Sports Center at Chelsea Piers has been selected as a USA Triathlon Certified Training Center, one of only five such facilities in the United States and the only one in the Northeast.


The Sports Center achieved this prestigious certification by reaching a number of standards set forth by USA Triathlon. USA Triathlon Certified Training Centers provide training facilities for USA Triathlon members, certified coaches and athletes, and must offer access to at least two USAT-certified coaches, USAT Vo2 and lactate testing protocols, bike fitting and 20 percent off services for USAT members and coaches.


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