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Posted: January 28, 2009  :

Triathlon: USA Triathlon Announces 2009 Trade Team Roster

2004 Olympic bronze medalist Susan Williams highlights the team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 28, 2009) -- A select group of elite triathletes will be representing USA Triathlon and its partners as members of the USAT Trade Team in 2009.

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. Athletes on the USAT Trade Team 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.

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

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.)

"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 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.

The Trade Team website is complete with athlete bios, photos, race schedules, race recaps and athlete blogs.

About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the national governing body for triathlon - the fastest growing sport in the U.S. - as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 2,500 races and connects with more than 115,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games.


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