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Slowtwitch.com to Provide Live Updates from Olympic Trials (+ profiles)

Date: 
04/15/2008 - 09:07

From press release
TUSCALOOSA, AL (April 14, 2008) -- Slowtwitch.com a leader in online multisport news and information, will be providing live updates from this weekend's 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in Tuscaloosa, AL.

The races are set for 12 noon (women) and 2:30 p.m. (men) Central Time on Saturday, April 19.

You will be able to follow the action to see which male and female athlete will join Jarrod Shoemaker and Laura Bennett on the U.S. Olympic Team at September's Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

USA Triathlon has three qualifying events for the Games. The first was in Beijing last September, with Shoemaker and Bennett earning the first spots. The Olympic Trials in Tuscaloosa on Saturday will give the top U.S. man and woman the next spots. The final man and woman will be selected after the June 22 Hy- Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa. Those remaining slots will be awarded based on a points system taking into account the best two races for each athlete left in the running.

Visit Slowtwitch to view the updates on Saturday.

Athletes competing in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.
(Athletes must be ranked in the top 125 of current Olympic rankings or World Cup rankings)

WOMEN

Laura Bennett
Hometown: North Palm Beach, FL
Birthday: 4/25/75
Participated in IronKids Bread Triathlon Series as a youth- Brothers and father also compete in triathlon- eight-time All American swimmer at Southern Methodist University- Married to Australian triathlete Greg Bennett- 2003 Elite National Champion- four-time USAT Female Triathlete of the Year- Olympic Team alternate in 2004- top-ranked U.S. female triathlete in 2007- four-time ITU World Championship medalist- Qualified for 2008 U.S. Olympic Team at Beijing World Cup in September 2007
Sarah Haskins Kortuem
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Birthday: 3/13/81
2004 USAT U23 National Champion- 2006 Haul to the Great Wall Elite Series Champion- 2006 USAT Elite National Champion- 2007 Pan Am Games Silver Medalist- Second-ranked U.S. female elite triathlete in 2007
Julie Ertel
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Birthday: 12/27/72
Won silver medal at 2000 Sydney Olympic Games for water polo- Won overall age-group title at 2002 USAT National Championship- Turned elite after winning 2002 overall age-group title at ITU Worlds- 2005 2007 Haul to the Great Wall Series Champion- 2007 USAT Elite National Champion- 2007 Pan Am Games Gold Medalist- Won first World Cup event in 2007 (Cancun)
Sarah Groff
Hometown: Cooperstown, NY
Birthday: 11/27/81
Earned All-NESCAC and All-American honors while swimming for Middlebury College- Won 2007 Geneva Pan Am Cup- 2007 ITU Aquathlon World Champion- USAT National Team Member- Coached by former elite Siri Lindley
Sara McLarty
Hometown: DeLand, FL
Birthday: 2/25/83
Former IronKids Bread Triathlon Series National Champion- 2000 Collegiate National Triathlon Champion- 4-time SEC Swimming Champion at University of Florida- 2005 USAT Rookie of the Year- 2006 U23 Athlete of the Year- 2006 USAT U23 National Champion- 2006 ITU Aquathlon World Champion
Becky Lavelle
Hometown: Minnetonka, MN
Birthday: 12/5/74
10-time NCAA All-American Swimmer at Louisiana State University- Married to fellow triathlete, Brian Lavelle- Coached by her brother, Randy Gibbs- 2003 Pan Am Games Bronze Medalist- 2005 USAT National Champion- 2006 USAT Non-ITU Triathlete of the Year

Jasmine Oeinck
Hometown: Littleton, CO
Birthday: 9/19/85
Began competing in triathlon at age 16- Silver Medalist at 2007 ITU U23 World Championships- 2007 USAT U23 Female Athlete of the Year- USAT National Team Member- finished 8th at ITU Junior World Championship in Cancun in 2002
Margaret Shapiro
Hometown: Great Falls, VA
Birthday: 12/30/76
Ran cross-country and track at Georgetown University- Mother of two- 2005 Overall Age Group World Champion- Undefeated in all races in 2005- Member of 2007 of USAT Elite Development Squad
Rebeccah Wassner
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Birthday: 9/1/75
2003 25-29 Age Group National Champion- Member of FILA Discovery Marathon Team- One of few pro triathletes who lives in New York City- 2004 USAT Elite Rookie of the Year

Joanna Zeiger
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Birthday: 5/4/70
Competed in first triathlon on a borrowed bike in 1993- Has a doctorate degree in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University- 1998 USAT Rookie of the Year- Placed 4th at 2000 Sydney Olympic Games- 2000 USAT Elite Champion- 2000 USOC Triathlete of the Year
Amanda Stevens
Hometown: Enid, OK
Birthday: 3/4/77
Received Medical Degree from University of Oklahoma in 2006- 2001 25-29 Age Group National Champion- 2002 25-29 Age Group World Champion- 2004 Olympic Trials Qualifier- 2008 National Team Member
Mary Beth Ellis
Hometown: Rehoboth Beach, DE
Birthday: 7/12/77
Competed in swimming, cross-country, and track at Northwestern University- 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier for swimming- Competed in marathons after college and turned to triathlon in 2005- Only competed in three races before turning pro

MEN

Jarrod Shoemaker
Hometown: Sudbury, MA
Birthday: 7/17/82
Ran track and cross-country at Dartmouth College- Married to Canadian elite triathlete Alicia Kaye- 2004 USAT U23 National Champion- 2005 ITU U23 World Champion- 2006 Haul to the Great Wall Series Champion- Qualified for 2008 U.S. Olympic Team at Beijing World Cup in September 2007
Andy Potts
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Birthday: 12/28/76
Member of USA National Swimming Team 1995- 1997- 2004 Olympic Team member- Two-time USAT Elite Athlete of the Year in 2006-2007- 2007 non-ITU Elite Triathlete of the Year 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Champion- 2007 Pan Am Games Gold medalist- 2007 USAT Elite National Champion- Top-ranked U.S. triathlete in 2006- Second-ranked U.S. triathlete in 2007
Hunter Kemper
Hometown: Longwood, FL
Birthday: 5/4/76
Introduced to triathlon at age 10- 1st U.S. man to be ranked #1 in ITU World Rankings- Married to former U.S. National Volleyball Team member, Val Sterk- Six-time Elite National Champion- Four-time USOC Triathlete of the Year- 2000, 2004 Olympic Team Member- 2003 Pan Am Games Gold medalist- 1999 Pan Am Games Silver medalist- 2007 Haul to the Great Wall Series Champion
Joe Umphenour
Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Birthday: 1/5/69
Competed in first triathlon at age 13- Four-year letter winner in swimming at University of Wisconsin- Competed in 2000 Olympic Trials- Top U.S. mens finisher at 2001 World Championships- Joined USATs Resident Team program in 2001

Matt Reed
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Birthday: 11/8/75
Raced for New Zealand until switching affiliation to U.S. in 2004- Became U.S. citizen in 2008 Brother competes in triathlon for New Zealand- 2004 USAT Elite National Champion- Teamed with Andy Potts and Brian Fleischmann in 2006 to win ITU Team Triathlon World Title- Top-ranked U.S. triathlete in 2007
Brian Fleischmann
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Birthday: 8/8/78
Ran and swam at Florida State University- 1998 U.S. Junior National Champion- USAT National Team member - Has finished second at USAT Elite National Championship three times
Doug Friman
Hometown: Alameda, CA
Birthday: 8/29/75
Began triathlons at age 8 after moving to U.S. from Scotland- Won IronKids Bread National Championship in 1988- Unbeaten in domestic junior races in 1995- Finished 2nd in 20-24 Age Group at 1996 ITU World Championships- 2003 Pan Am Games Team Member- 2004 Olympic Team Alternate
Tim O'Donnell
Hometown: Shaverton, PA
Birthday: 10/1/80
Swam for United States Naval Academy- Led USNA triathlon team to collegiate national titles in 2002, 2003- 2003 U23 National Champion- Has won five- straight U.S. Armed Forces National Titles

Victor Plata
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Birthday: 4/10/73
1997 Collegiate National Champion- Past member of USAT Resident Team- 2000 Olympic Triathlon Team Alternate- 2003 Pan Am Games Team Member- 2004 Olympic Team Member- Attending University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Mark Fretta
Hometown: Portland, OR
Birthday: 8/3/77
Swam and ran in college at Holy Cross- Won his age group at 2000 Sprint National Championships- One of two American male athletes to hold ITU World Rank #1... 2001-2005 Resident Team Member- Attending Willamette University School of Law About USA Triathlon

About USA Triathlon
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