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Posted: June 30, 2016:  

Triathlon: U.S. Olympic Qualifiers True, Zaferes Look to Repeat Podium Performances at World Triathlon Stockholm

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The countdown to Rio is on as Sarah True and Katie Zaferes, both members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team, headline a U.S. contingent competing at ITU World Triathlon Stockholm this Saturday.

Stockholm is a regular stop on the ITU World Triathlon Series circuit, and this year the race will be contested as a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run. The elite women will race at 10:05 a.m. ET (4:05 p.m. CEST) on Saturday, July 2, and the elite men will follow at 12:50 p.m. ET (6:50 p.m. CEST). The races will be broadcast live online at In the United States, the races will also air on NBC Sports Group. The elite women's race is scheduled to air on NBC Sports Network from 6-8 p.m. ET on July 3, and the elite men's race will be on Universal HD from 5-7 p.m. ET on July 4. Visit for a complete schedule of Olympic sports broadcasts and channel information.

Sarah True has won in Stockholm the past two years. (Janos M Schmidt/ITU)

True (Hanover, N.H.) is no stranger to winning in Stockholm as the two-time defending champion on this course. True qualified for the Olympic Games last August by finishing fourth on the proposed Games course and has logged two top-15 performances in World Triathlon Series events this season, including a ninth-place finish on April 23 in Cape Town, South Africa. Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) finished second in Stockholm last year, rounding out her collection of six WTS medals won in 2015, and has posted back-to-back sixth-place finishes in WTS events in 2016.

Joining the Olympic team athletes will be Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), who raced to fifth-place finishes in her 2016 WTS season opener in Abu Dhabi and the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup on back-to-back weekends in March. Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.), a talented U.S. junior triathlete with national and world championship medals to her credit, will make her World Triathlon Series debut in the women's race on Saturday.

Visit for a complete women's start list.

In the men's race, Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.) and Rudy von Berg (Boulder, Colo.) are on the start list for the U.S. Lagerstrom, a 2015 Pan American Games team member, finished 18th on the Stockholm course one year ago and looks to break into the top 10 for the first time in a WTS event. Von Berg, a U.S. collegiate national champion in triathlon, is also making his WTS debut on Saturday, with two top-10 finishes under his belt in ITU Continental Cup events in 2015 and an 11th-place finish at an early season Continental Cup event in Clermont, Florida, this season.

Visit for a complete men's start list.

Triathlon fans can feel like part of the action with TRIFECTA, the official triathlon fantasy game of the ITU World Triathlon Series. Registration for TRIFECTA is open now at and podium picks must be submitted prior to the start of the first race. More details on the game are available at

For more information on how to get involved in the sport of triathlon in the U.S., visit USA Triathlon's Gold Map site at The Gold Map was launched in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee and NBC to inspire participation in Olympic summer sports by leveraging the excitement that will be generated in the lead-up to and during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this August.

About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 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, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

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