Posted by: Joe English | January 29, 2009

Triathlon: USAT Annouces 2009 Elite Team

Susan Williams at 2004 Athens Olympics

Susan Williams at 2004 Athens Olympics

COLORADO SPRINGS — USA Triathlon, the governing body of the sport of Triathlon in the USA, has announced its selection for the 2009 Trade Team. The elite athletes race at the highest level in the U.S. and around the world and represent USAT at school programs, corporate meetings, and pre-race expos.

Highlighting the team is 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Susan Williams.

USA Triathlon began the USAT Trade Team in 2008 to support elite multisport athletes who are pursuing competitive excellence while promoting the sport of triathlon, USA Triathlon, and USAT’s top corporate partners.

“We are really excited about this group of athletes and the impact that our Trade Team will have on the national and grassroots level for USAT and our sponsors this year,” said USAT Sport Performance Director Scott Schnitzspahn.

Athletes are selected for the USAT Trade Team based on their potential for top race results, their professionalism and their ability to positively represent USA Triathlon and its partners.

The 2009 lineup includes 11 athletes that compete across a range of multisport disciplines and distances.

The athletes receive equipment from Blue Competition Cycles, Zipp Speed Weaponry, SRAM, Speedo, and Rudy Project. They also receive marketing support, including contacts with more than 70 USAT partners, and promotion nationally and locally at events and through USAT media.

2009 Trade Team Roster

Susan Williams (Littleton, Colo.)
Jennifer Spieldenner (Findlay, Ohio)
Kate Ross (Doylestown, Pa.)
Jillian Petersen (St. Louis, Mo.)
Joe Umphenour (Bellevue, Wash. / Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Matt Chrabot (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Mark Fretta (Portland, Ore.)
Ethan Brown (Lowell, Mass.)
Emma Garrard (Truckee, Calif.)
Dominic Gillen (Milford, Conn.)
Justin Hurd (Ft. Collins, Colo.)

USAT maintains a Trade Team website that has athlete bios, photos, race schedules, race recaps and athlete blogs. To visit the site, click here.

Source: USA Triatlon
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