USA Triathlon Announces 2022 Toyota U.S. Elite Triathlon National Team Roster

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — United states Triathlon right now declared the 11 members of the 2022 Toyota U.S. Elite Triathlon National Team, the team of athletes who will stand for the U.S. at the greatest concentrations of elite Earth Triathlon competitiveness in the course of the 2022 year.

The proficient and expert roster features Olympic Online games Tokyo 2020 medalists, two girls who concluded the 2021 Planet Triathlon Championship Sequence rated 2nd and 3rd total and a trio of gentlemen who in 2021 put together the finest collective U.S. year in men’s historical past in the Globe Triathlon Championship Sequence.

2022 Toyota U.S. Elite Triathlon Nationwide Workforce Roster 

Girls
Erika Ackerlund (Helena, Mont.) 
Tamara Gorman (Fast Town, S.D.) 
Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.)
Taylor Knibb (Boulder, Colo.) 
Summertime Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.) 
Taylor Spivey (Redondo Seashore, Calif.) 
Katie Zaferes (Cary, N.C.) 

Men 
Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Unwell.) 
Matt McElroy (Huntington Seashore, Calif.) 
Morgan Pearson (New Vernon, N.J.) 
Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.) 

“Both woman and male elite U.S. athletes reached unprecedented heights throughout an incredible 2021 year equally at the Olympic Video games and in Entire world Triathlon racing. This is a testomony to our incredible athletes, help personnel, coaches and the multisport local community as a total,” said Courtney Gardner, Usa Triathlon Elite Triathlon Senior Manager. “International good results by our elite athletes not only can help fuel interest and participation in the sport, but also serves as one particular of the markers that our high performance athletes and courses are on track and gives the next technology of athletes an important goal and objective to work toward.”

Toyota, United states Triathlon’s Special Mobility & Automotive Companion, is a Happy Spouse of Usa Triathlon and the U.S. Elite Triathlon National Crew. 

“We’re very pleased to assist United states Triathlon’s 2022 U.S. Nationwide Crew,” said Dedra DeLilli, group manager, Olympic and Paralympic Marketing and advertising, Toyota Motor North The us. “The naming of the Nationwide Staff roster is an remarkable milestone, and we would like these athletes all the achievement this period. Their determination and perseverance is admirable, and we appear forward to viewing them contend.”

The roster contains Olympic Game titles Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Katie Zaferes (Cary, N.C.) and her Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medal winning Mixed Relay teammates, Taylor Knibb (Boulder, Colo.), Kevin McDowell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.). In her 2nd Olympic Games, Zaferes won bronze in the unique women’s race in Tokyo becoming the third U.S. triathlete to gain an Olympic medal, becoming a member of Gwen Jorgensen (gold, 2016 Rio) and Susan Williams (bronze, 2004 Athens). 

Zaferes is a section of a strong U.S. elite women’s triathlon workforce that in 2021 became the initially region to finish a WTCS with five women in the top rated 12 of the over-all rankings. Knibb and fellow U.S. Elite Countrywide Team member Taylor Spivey (Redondo Seaside, Calif.) put second and third, respectively, in the 2021 WTCS to mark the third time the U.S. has concluded the sequence with two women on the in general podium. 

Knibb gained a few medals in the course of the 2021 WTCS and Spivey won a person, a bronze in Montreal. Spivey’s 3rd-area complete in the 2021 WTCS was her 1st time on the over-all series podium as she completed fourth in the over-all standings in 2019 (the 2020 WTCS was canceled thanks to the pandemic).

Olympian Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.) positioned 16th at the Tokyo Games and completed 11th in the 2021 WTCS standings, earning a silver medal at Yokohama. 

Also on the women’s crew incorporates Kristen Kasper (North Andover, Mass.), a different veteran on the Earth Triathlon racing phase who positioned 12th in the 2021 WTCS standings and Tamara Gorman (Rapid Metropolis, S.D.) who, together with Knibb, gained an unique earth title at both the Junior and Below-23 ranges.

Rounding out the gals is newcomer to the U.S. Elite Triathlon Nationwide Team, Erika Ackerlund (Helena, Mont.), who was a member of the U.S. Blended Relay staff that finished fifth at the 2021 WTCS Hamburg. 

For the men’s U.S. Elite Triathlon National Staff, McDowell, Pearson and Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.) in 2021 place collectively the finest collective season in the WTCS in the country’s history. 

Pearson received a silver and bronze in WTCS Leeds and WTCS Yokohama, respectively, Rider (Germantown, Tenn.), took fourth in the Entire world Triathlon Championship Finals Edmonton, and McDowell put put sixth in the Olympics, the maximum-ever complete for a U.S. guy in the personal race at the Olympic Video games.

Rider notched the U.S.’s optimum-at any time WTCS standing in ninth location and was joined in the top-12 by Pearson in 10th position and McDowell in 12th position to mark the first time two U.S. guys have positioned in the major 10 and 3 U.S. guys have placed in the major 12.

Matt McElroy (Huntington Seashore, Calif.) also delivers solid experience racing on the WTCS stage, as he is 1 of only a few U.S. guys — together with Pearson in 2021 and Jarrod Shoemaker in 2009 — to medal in a WTCS race. 
 
Elite triathletes will contend in World Triathlon races across the entire world this season, like the Globe Triathlon Championship Collection. The WTCS, which started in 2009, is an annual series of triathlon occasions held in metropolitan areas close to the globe exactly where athletes compete head-to-head for points. The rankings are applied to ascertain the very best-carrying out triathletes of the time and, finally, the World Champions. The 2022 WTCS formally kicked off with two situations in tumble of 2021 — in Hamburg and Abu Dhabi — and the first WTCS race of 2022 is May perhaps 14-15 in Yokohama. 

2022 Planet Triathlon Championship Series 

2022 Entire world Triathlon Championship Sequence Yokohama — May well 14-15 
2022 World Triathlon Championship Collection Leeds — June 11-12 
2022 Planet Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships Montreal — June 22-26 
2022 Planet Triathlon Championship Sequence Hamburg — July 9-10 
2022 Globe Triathlon Championship Collection Chengdu — Oct. 22-23 
2022 Earth Triathlon Championship Finals — Abu Dhabi Nov. TBD 

To see the full Planet Triathlon year calendar, take a look at triathlon.org/functions.

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Around the earlier 60 a long time, Toyota has assembled practically 43 million automobiles and trucks in North The united states at the company’s 13 production crops. By 2025, the company’s 14th plant in North Carolina will get started to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles.

Via our extra than 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.), Toyota offered additional than 2.6 million cars and trucks and trucks (more than 2.3 million in the U.S.) in 2021, of which, additional than a quarter were being electrified motor vehicles (hybrids, plug-ins and gas cells). 

About United states of america Triathlon
Usa Triathlon is proud to provide as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as properly as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, wintertime triathlon, off-road triathlon, paratriathlon, and indoor and digital multisport activities in the United States. Established in 1982, United states Triathlon sanctions a lot more than 4,000 races and connects with far more than 400,000 customers every yr, earning it the largest multisport corporation in the environment. In addition to its work at the grassroots amount with athletes, coaches, and race administrators — as well as the United states of america Triathlon Foundation — Usa Triathlon provides leadership and help to elite athletes competing at intercontinental occasions, like Environment Triathlon Championships, Pan American Video games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. United states of america Triathlon is a very pleased member of Environment Triathlon and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).