COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – The United States set a 2021 record in international competition spanning the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Triathlon World Championship Series (WTCS) events.
The United States topped all countries with seven combined Olympic and Paralympic triathlon medals in Tokyo with three gold, three silver and one bronze, and won the number of Paralympic triathlon medals with five. With two Olympic medals and five Paralympic Games medals, the United States improved their medal count from the Rio 2016 Games by one medal each at the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
âAmerican female and male athletes have reached unprecedented heights in multiple formats and categories, a testament to our incredible athletes, support staff, coaches and the multisport community at large,â said John Farra , general manager of the high performance of the American triathlon. âThe international success of our elite athletes not only helps stimulate interest and participation in sport, but also serves as a marker that our athletes and high performance programs are on track and provides the next generation of athletes with an important target and goal to work towards.
The United States was one of only two countries to win multiple triathlon medals at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 behind a silver medal in the Olympic debut for the mixed relay and a bronze medal from Katie Zaferes. (Cary, North Carolina), and Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) finished the men’s individual race in sixth place, the highest ever for an American.
One of only four countries to qualify three women for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the United States was one of only two countries to place the three athletes in the top 20 with Zaferes in third, Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colorado) in 14th and Taylor Knibb (Washington, DC) in 16th.
The United States, which has now won the most triathlon medals in Paralympic Games history with nine, won three triathlon gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the most of any country, and have five triathlon gold medals in total at the Tokyo and Rio Paralympics. Games. No other country has won more than two.
Three of the four double female Paralympic medalists are American athletes, including Allysa Seely (Glendale, Arizona), who again won gold in the PTS2 category to become the only female double Paralympic gold medalist, Hailey Danz (Colorado Springs, Colorado), double silver medalist PTS2 and Grace Norman (Jamestown, Ohio), which won a silver medal in the PTS5 category to accompany his gold medal in 2016.
Two athletes made history on their Paralympic triathlon debuts as Kendall Gretsch (Downers Grove, Illinois) won the first women’s wheelchair triathlon race in Paralympic history and became the fifth American to win gold at the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games, while Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Maryland), with guide Greg Billington (San Francisco, California), won gold in the PTVI category to become the first American man to win a Paralympic or Olympic medal in an individual triathlon event.
The United States also became the first country to complete a WTCS with five women and three men in the top 12 of their respective overall standings, and the five top 12 ranked female athletes are the most from a country in the history of the series.
Knibb and Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) Placed second and third respectively at WTCS 2021 to mark the third time the United States has finished the series with two women on the overall podium. Knibb and Spivey join Gwen Jorgensen (Waukesha, Wisconsin) and Sarah True (Cooperstown, NY), who won gold and bronze in 2015 and gold and silver in 2014. The three years with multiple women’s podiums connect the United States to Great Britain for the most in WTCS history.
Two American women have made the top four overall in the series in seven consecutive years dating back to 2014 (the series did not take place in 2020 due to COVID-19). Great Britain is the only other country to place two women in the top four overall in the series and they have done so three times.
Zaferes, Rappaport and Kristen kasper (North Andover, Mass.) Completed the American Quintet finishing sixth, 11th and 12th respectively in 2021 WTCS Ranking.
A trio of American men had the best collective WTCS season in the country’s history as all three finished in the top six at a major event this year including Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.), Who was second and third at Leeds and Yokohama, respectively, Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.), who finished fourth at the Triathlon World Championship finals in Edmonton, and McDowell, who finished sixth at the Olympics. Rider clinched America’s highest WTCS in ninth place and was joined in the top 12 by Pearson in 10th place and McDowell in 12th place to mark the first time two American men have made the top 10 and three American men rank. in the top 12.
The United States won eight of a total of 30 individual medals in the five events that made up WTCS 2021, the most of any country and ahead of Great Britain and France, who finished second with five each. America’s five women’s medals were the most of any country on the women’s side, led by Knibb’s three medals, who tied Bermuda’s Flora Duffy for most individual and women’s gold medals, as well as a silver for Rappaport in Yokohama and a bronze for Spivey in Montreal.
The United States dominated all countries with 12 total medals in both events of the 2021 World Triathlon Para Series in Yokohama and Leeds, including eight gold medals, the most of any country.
WTCS, which began in 2009, is an annual series of triathlon events held in cities around the world where athletes compete for points. Rankings are used to determine the top performing triathletes of the season and ultimately the world champions.
About Tokyo United
USA Triathlon promotes its elite athletes before, during and after the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics with its Tokyo United campaign. Tokyo United showcases the resilience, determination and teamwork that America’s Olympians and Paralympians, and the communities around them, demonstrate on their way to the Games. Tokyo United also refers to the common experience shared by the USA Triathlon family over the past year – from amateur athletes, race directors, coaches and clubs whose race plans have been turned upside down, to US Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. whose dreams have been carried over – and the many ways we have risen in hopes of a more promising year 2021. The three-phase campaign began with United in Tokyo, showcasing the journey of every American Olympic and Paralympic triathlon hopeful from childhood to the sport’s biggest stage – along with the family and support systems that have helped them in. course. The second phase, United in Tokyo, brought together the entire multisport community and the global Olympic and Paralympic family to support Team USA at the peak of the competition and to revel in the long-awaited Olympic and Paralympic moment. The final phase, United Beyond Tokyo, celebrates the achievements of the 2020 US Olympic and Paralympic teams before passing the torch to aspiring triathletes with Olympic and Paralympic dreams for the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games.
About the United States Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the national governing body for triathlon, as well as for duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon, paratriathlon, and indoor and virtual multisport events. in the USA. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions over 4,000 events and connects with over 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multi-sport organization in the world. In addition to its local work with athletes, coaches and race directors – as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation – USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing in international events, including Championships of the world of triathlon, the Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is proud to be a member of the World Triathlon and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC).