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Chengdu World Cup to host first semi-final race format of season

Triathlon News - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 22:47
In the fourth stop of the World Cup series, China will host the first semi-final; final format of the year at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup. The multi-race format will consist of two different events with two different distances held over the course of two days. In a semi-final elimination round, athletes will complete a sprint-distance course, which consists of a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run. The men’s field will have a total of three semi-final rounds where the top eight men from each round will qualify for the finals, followed by the next top six fastest combined times to create a total of 30 men for the final start list. For the women, two heats will occur with the top 14 finishers from both rounds combined with the next two fastest times will create the 30-woman final roster. The final race will then consist of a super sprint-distance format, which will see the athletes completing a 400-metre swim, 10-kilometre bike and 2.5-kilometre run to crown the overall champions. Women’s Preview In the first heat of the women’s event, 23 athletes will toe the line to kickstart the sprint distance elimination rounds. USA’s Kirsten Kasper tops the first start list having been one of the few women to have reached the top of the ITU World Cup podium. She will race as the lone American, stepping up against a strong British showing for the first heat. Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth are teaming up in the semi-final round. Hall won the first World Cup race of the season in Cape Town, with Learmonth, her training partner, taking second place. The two are very strong cyclists and work well together, so are huge threats if they end up side-by-side on the bike. Aussie Emma Jeffcoat nears the top of the start list, she is an up-and-coming female lead for Australia, who has been rising in the rankings and in finishes. In the second semi-final round, Brits Vicky Holland and Non Stanford are making their ITU competition debuts. Holland, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Bronze Medallist tops the start list and will be racing in her first World Cup since 2014. And while she is a regular on the World Triathlon Series podium, she has never graced the World Cup one, so starting off her 2017 season with some hardware would be a good way to begin. She will be squaring off Stanford, her former training partner and housemate. Stanford also has not raced in the World Cup circuit since 2011, so it will be a good welcome back to the...

Chengdu World Cup to host first semi-final race format of season

Triathlon News - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 22:47
In the fourth stop of the World Cup series, China will host the first semi-final; final format of the year at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup. The multi-race format will consist of two different events with two different distances held over the course of two days. In a semi-final elimination round, athletes will complete a sprint-distance course, which consists of a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run. The men’s field will have a total of three semi-final rounds where the top nine men from each round will qualify for the finals, followed by the next top three fastest combined times to create a total of 30 men for the “A” Final start list. For the women, two heats will occur with the top 14 finishers from both rounds combined with the next two fastest times will create the 30-woman “A” Final roster. In both genders the athletes with the time of 31st to 60th position in the semi-finals will qualify for the “B” Finals. The Finals will then consist of a super sprint-distance format, which will see the athletes completing a 400-metre swim, 10-kilometre bike and 2.5-kilometre run to crown the final winners. Women’s Preview In the first heat of the women’s event, 23 athletes will toe the line to kickstart the sprint distance elimination rounds. USA’s Kirsten Kasper tops the first start list having been one of the few women to have reached the top of the ITU World Cup podium. She will race as the lone American, stepping up against a strong British showing for the first heat. Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth are teaming up in the semi-final round. Hall won the first World Cup race of the season in Cape Town, with Learmonth, her training partner, taking second place. The two are very strong cyclists and work well together, so are huge threats if they end up side-by-side on the bike. Aussie Emma Jeffcoat nears the top of the start list, she is an up-and-coming female lead for Australia, who has been rising in the rankings and in finishes. In the second semi-final round, Brits Vicky Holland and Non Stanford are making their ITU competition debuts. Holland, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Bronze Medallist tops the start list and will be racing in her first World Cup since 2014. And while she is a regular on the World Triathlon Series podium, she has never graced the World Cup one, so starting off her 2017 season with some hardware would be a good way to begin. She will be squaring off Stanford, her former training...

Chengdu World Cup to host first semi-final race format of season

Triathlon News - Wed, 03/05/2017 - 22:47
In the fourth stop of the World Cup series, China will host the first semi-final; final format of the year at the 2017 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup. The multi-race format will consist of two different events with two different distances held over the course of two days. In a semi-final elimination round, athletes will complete a sprint-distance course, which consists of a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run. The men’s field will have a total of three semi-final rounds where the top eight men from each round will qualify for the finals, followed by the next top six fastest combined times to create a total of 30 men for the final start list. For the women, two heats will occur with the top 14 finishers from both rounds combined with the next two fastest times will create the 30-woman final roster. The final race will then consist of a super sprint-distance format, which will see the athletes completing a 400-metre swim, 10-kilometre bike and 2.5-kilometre run to crown the overall champions. Women’s Preview In the first heat of the women’s event, 23 athletes will toe the line to kickstart the sprint distance elimination rounds. USA’s Kirsten Kasper tops the first start list having been one of the few women to have reached the top of the ITU World Cup podium. She will race as the lone American, stepping up against a strong British showing for the first heat. Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth are teaming up in the semi-final round. Hall won the first World Cup race of the season in Cape Town, with Learmonth, her training partner, taking second place. The two are very strong cyclists and work well together, so are huge threats if they end up side-by-side on the bike. Aussie Emma Jeffcoat nears the top of the start list, she is an up-and-coming female lead for Australia, who has been rising in the rankings and in finishes. In the second semi-final round, Brits Vicky Holland and Non Stanford are making their ITU competition debuts. Holland, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Bronze Medallist tops the start list and will be racing in her first World Cup since 2014. And while she is a regular on the World Triathlon Series podium, she has never graced the World Cup one, so starting off her 2017 season with some hardware would be a good way to begin. She will be squaring off Stanford, her former training partner and housemate. Stanford also has not raced in the World Cup circuit since 2011, so it will be a good welcome back to the...

Carolina Routier Mastering the Swim and School

Triathlon News - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 15:26
Did you know that out of the 32 career World Triathlon Series races that Spaniard Carolina Routier has started in, she has led in the swim a total of 20 times? In fact, she has been leading in the swim ever since day one in the Series, exiting the waters first in her debut WTS race in Madrid in 2012. And for anyone who has been following this season’s 2017 Series she also has led in both events this year in Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast. So, while Routier cruises through the water unscathed as one of the top swimmers in the women’s field, it comes as no surprise that her triathlon career would have started in any other place other than in the water. Routier was a competitive swimmer for most of her life, but during her off seasons, she had to find a way to stay fit and as an active person she also needed something to keep her entertained. So she busied herself with sporting activities such as surfing, kayaking, open water swimming, lifesaving and eventually triathlon. It was then in 2009 when she competed in her first triathlon race, which was near her hometown in Costa Brava, Spain. A few short years later and Routier officially became an elite triathlete, joining the ITU world and competing at the highest level in the WTS. Fast forward a few more years and in 2016 she had the chance to represent her nation in Rio de Janeiro in her first Olympic Games. While her finish resulted in a LAP, her signature move was not lost and she once again proved that she is the ringleader in the water as she earned the top swim split time on the day in front of the world’s biggest sports stage. “Participating at the Olympics was always in my mind and qualifying was a dream come true. Although the result was not what I expected due to mechanical problems, I’m happy to say that I enjoyed the process towards the race and I feel very fortunate to experience it with Mario,” said Routier of her experience competing in Rio. Routier shared her Olympic dream with her partner and fellow Spaniard triathlete Mario Mola. The two train together and travel to compete in almost all the same races, an experience that benefits their relationship when otherwise the world of a professional athlete could hinder personal relationships due to the hectic and busy lifestyle. “The main benefit of having Mario daily next to me is that we can celebrate our successes together and help each other in the tough times. As a professional triathlete, you spend a lot of time away from...

Carolina Routier Mastering the Swim and School

Triathlon News - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 15:26
Did you know that out of the 32 career World Triathlon Series races that Spaniard Carolina Routier has started in, she has led in the swim a total of 20 times? In fact, she has been leading in the swim ever since day one in the Series, exiting the waters first in her debut WTS race in Madrid in 2012. And for anyone who has been following this season’s 2017 Series she also has led in both events this year in Abu Dhabi and Gold Coast. So, while Routier cruises through the water unscathed as one of the top swimmers in the women’s field, it comes as no surprise that her triathlon career would have started in any other place other than in the water. Routier was a competitive swimmer for most of her life, but during her off seasons, she had to find a way to stay fit and as an active person she also needed something to keep her entertained. So she busied herself with sporting activities such as surfing, kayaking, open water swimming, lifesaving and eventually triathlon. It was then in 2009 when she competed in her first triathlon race, which was near her hometown in Costa Brava, Spain. A few short years later and Routier officially became an elite triathlete, joining the ITU world and competing at the highest level in the WTS. Fast forward a few more years and in 2016 she had the chance to represent her nation in Rio de Janeiro in her first Olympic Games. While her finish resulted in a LAP, her signature move was not lost and she once again proved that she is the ringleader in the water as she earned the top swim split time on the day in front of the world’s biggest sports stage. “Participating at the Olympics was always in my mind and qualifying was a dream come true. Although the result was not what I expected due to mechanical problems, I’m happy to say that I enjoyed the process towards the race and I feel very fortunate to experience it with Mario,” said Routier of her experience competing in Rio. Routier shared her Olympic dream with her partner and fellow Spaniard triathlete Mario Mola. The two train together and travel to compete in almost all the same races, an experience that benefits their relationship when otherwise the world of a professional athlete could hinder personal relationships due to the hectic and busy lifestyle. “The main benefit of having Mario daily next to me is that we can celebrate our successes together and help each other in the tough times. As a professional triathlete, you spend a lot of time away from...

Bidding for World Triathlon Series 2018 opens

Triathlon News - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 14:58
The International Triathlon Union has opened bidding for the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series, as well as the 2018 ITU World Cups. Interested cities must send their applications before June 20.   “The World Triathlon Series is the pinnacle of our sport, and brings the World’s best Triathletes to a city, offering international exposure to a global audience, and a live thrilling atmosphere of the elite level racing,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “Triathlon as a sport continues to grow around the globe, attracting thousands of Triathletes and spectators to our events, and we offer the cities the possibility of hosting one of our exciting events, an ideal way to promote sport, and the city gaining international attention”.   The ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) is the premier Triathlon series in the World and features the Worlds best Triathletes racing head-to-head in up to 10 races around the globe, including the Grand Final. In addition to competing for the title of World Champion, athletes vie for a total prize purse of over $2-million USD, the greatest cumulative prize purse in Triathlon.   The World Triathlon Series is comprised of Olympic Distance events (1.5km swim, 40km bike and a 10km run), sprint distance events (750m swim, 20km bike and a 5km run), two days’ semi-final/final formats, and Mixed Relay events, one of which will also be the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championship. The ITU World Cup events will be also staged on Olympic distance, Sprint distance and two days’ semi-final/final formats, as part of ITU’s goal in creating the event pathway for cities interested in hosting ITU events.   Hosting a WTS event offers cities the opportunity to showcase themselves to millions of people via a live international television broadcast in addition to attracting thousands of international guests and race participants. Annual on-site spectators for the Series are upwards of 1 million.   In addition an hour long magazine show is produced from each event, as well as live internet coverage, social media exposure and worldwide news distribution.   The Triathlon World Cup competitions are the second tier events for ITU, intended to provide a solid and professional base for Triathletes pursuing entry to the World Triathlon Series and qualification for the Olympics Games and other Major Games. Those events are also aligned with ITU Development programmes, carry a prize purse, and have significant...

Bidding for World Triathlon Series 2018 opens

Triathlon News - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 14:58
The International Triathlon Union has opened bidding for the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series, as well as the 2018 ITU World Cups. Interested cities must send their applications before June 20.   “The World Triathlon Series is the pinnacle of our sport, and brings the World’s best Triathletes to a city, offering international exposure to a global audience, and a live thrilling atmosphere of the elite level racing,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “Triathlon as a sport continues to grow around the globe, attracting thousands of Triathletes and spectators to our events, and we offer the cities the possibility of hosting one of our exciting events, an ideal way to promote sport, and the city gaining international attention”.   The ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) is the premier Triathlon series in the World and features the Worlds best Triathletes racing head-to-head in up to 10 races around the globe, including the Grand Final. In addition to competing for the title of World Champion, athletes vie for a total prize purse of over $2-million USD, the greatest cumulative prize purse in Triathlon.   The World Triathlon Series is comprised of Olympic Distance events (1.5km swim, 40km bike and a 10km run), sprint distance events (750m swim, 20km bike and a 5km run), two days’ semi-final/final formats, and Mixed Relay events, one of which will also be the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championship. The ITU World Cup events will be also staged on Olympic distance, Sprint distance and two days’ semi-final/final formats, as part of ITU’s goal in creating the event pathway for cities interested in hosting ITU events.   Hosting a WTS event offers cities the opportunity to showcase themselves to millions of people via a live international television broadcast in addition to attracting thousands of international guests and race participants. Annual on-site spectators for the Series are upwards of 1 million.   In addition an hour long magazine show is produced from each event, as well as live internet coverage, social media exposure and worldwide news distribution.   The Triathlon World Cup competitions are the second tier events for ITU, intended to provide a solid and professional base for Triathletes pursuing entry to the World Triathlon Series and qualification for the Olympics Games and other Major Games. Those events are also aligned with ITU Development programmes, carry a prize purse, and have significant...

Bidding for World Triathlon Series and World Cups 2018 opens

Triathlon News - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 14:58
The International Triathlon Union has opened bidding for the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series, as well as the 2018 ITU World Cups. Interested cities must send their applications before June 20.   “The World Triathlon Series is the pinnacle of our sport, and brings the World’s best Triathletes to a city, offering international exposure to a global audience, and a live thrilling atmosphere of the elite level racing,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “Triathlon as a sport continues to grow around the globe, attracting thousands of Triathletes and spectators to our events, and we offer the cities the possibility of hosting one of our exciting events, an ideal way to promote sport, and the city gaining international attention”.   The ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) is the premier Triathlon series in the World and features the Worlds best Triathletes racing head-to-head in up to 10 races around the globe, including the Grand Final. In addition to competing for the title of World Champion, athletes vie for a total prize purse of over $2-million USD, the greatest cumulative prize purse in Triathlon.   The World Triathlon Series is comprised of Olympic Distance events (1.5km swim, 40km bike and a 10km run), sprint distance events (750m swim, 20km bike and a 5km run), two days’ semi-final/final formats, and Mixed Relay events, one of which will also be the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championship. The ITU World Cup events will be also staged on Olympic distance, Sprint distance and two days’ semi-final/final formats, as part of ITU’s goal in creating the event pathway for cities interested in hosting ITU events.   Hosting a WTS event offers cities the opportunity to showcase themselves to millions of people via a live international television broadcast in addition to attracting thousands of international guests and race participants. Annual on-site spectators for the Series are upwards of 1 million.   In addition an hour long magazine show is produced from each event, as well as live internet coverage, social media exposure and worldwide news distribution.   The Triathlon World Cup competitions are the second tier events for ITU, intended to provide a solid and professional base for Triathletes pursuing entry to the World Triathlon Series and qualification for the Olympics Games and other Major Games. Those events are also aligned with ITU Development programmes, carry a prize purse, and have significant...

Workout Wednesday with Barbara Holmes

Triathlon News - Wed, 26/04/2017 - 17:37
Workout Wednesday has been a longstanding tradition at the International Triathlon Union, where we like to honour and showcase some of the best triathletes in the world - you! We’ve talked to medallists from the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel age group races in both the standard and sprint distance sport classes and have asked them to provide their triathlete story along with their favourite workouts, proving that no matter your age, gender, race or country, anyone can tri! This week we have Barbara Holmes, a civil servant from Great Britain who earned her first triathlon gold medal in Cozumel in the sprint distance. While she is no stranger to the winning podium, since she is a European and World Champion in Aquathlon, she conquered the bike to be able to snag another title this past year. Name: Barbara Holmes Country: GBR Age Group: Female 55-59 Sprint Distance Profession: Civil Servant How you got involved in triathlon? I first was involved with doing aquathlon (run/swim/run) with my children. How often you train? I train six or seven days a week, depending on when a rest day is due. Best training advice? Consistency without over doing it.   What motivates you to race? I am motivated by inspiring my children when I compete and work hard. Favourite swim workout: 500m X 6 as:  1.  Warm up.  2. Pull.  3. Build each 100m.  4. Easier pace.  5.  Race pace.  6.  Cool down. Favourite bike workout: Hill reps over a 1-2 km ascent, recovery on descent.  Repeat as many times as able. Favourite run workout: 10k off road/trail run

Workout Wednesday with Barbara Holmes

Triathlon News - Wed, 26/04/2017 - 17:37
Workout Wednesday has been a longstanding tradition at the International Triathlon Union, where we like to honour and showcase some of the best triathletes in the world - you! We’ve talked to medallists from the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel age group races in both the standard and sprint distance sport classes and have asked them to provide their triathlete story along with their favourite workouts, proving that no matter your age, gender, race or country, anyone can tri! This week we have Barbara Holmes, a civil servant from Great Britain who earned her first triathlon gold medal in Cozumel in the sprint distance. While she is no stranger to the winning podium, since she is a European and World Champion in Aquathlon, she conquered the bike to be able to snag another title this past year. Name: Barbara Holmes Country: GBR Age Group: Female 55-59 Sprint Distance Profession: Civil Servant How you got involved in triathlon? I first was involved with doing aquathlon (run/swim/run) with my children. How often you train? I train six or seven days a week, depending on when a rest day is due. Best training advice? Consistency without over doing it.   What motivates you to race? I am motivated by inspiring my children when I compete and work hard. Favourite swim workout: 500m X 6 as:  1.  Warm up.  2. Pull.  3. Build each 100m.  4. Easier pace.  5.  Race pace.  6.  Cool down. Favourite bike workout: Hill reps over a 1-2 km ascent, recovery on descent.  Repeat as many times as able. Favourite run workout: 10k off road/trail run

Workout Wednesday with Barbara Holmes

Triathlon News - Wed, 26/04/2017 - 17:37
Workout Wednesday has been a longstanding tradition at the International Triathlon Union, where we like to honour and showcase some of the best triathletes in the world - you! We’ve talked to medallists from the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel age group races in both the standard and sprint distance sport classes and have asked them to provide their triathlete story along with their favourite workouts, proving that no matter your age, gender, race or country, anyone can tri! This week we have Barbara Holmes, a civil servant from Great Britain who earned her first triathlon gold medal in Cozumel in the sprint distance. While she is no stranger to the winning podium, since she is a European and World Champion in Aquathlon, she conquered the bike to be able to snag another title this past year. Name: Barbara Holmes Country: GBR Age Group: Female 55-59 Sprint Distance Profession: Civil Servant How you got involved in triathlon? I first was involved with doing aquathlon (run/swim/run) with my children. How often you train? I train six or seven days a week, depending on when a rest day is due. Best training advice? Consistency without over doing it.   What motivates you to race? I am motivated by inspiring my children when I compete and work hard. Favourite swim workout: 500m X 6 as:  1.  Warm up.  2. Pull.  3. Build each 100m.  4. Easier pace.  5.  Race pace.  6.  Cool down. Favourite bike workout: Hill reps over a 1-2 km ascent, recovery on descent.  Repeat as many times as able. Favourite run workout: 10k off road/trail run

Workout Wednesday with Barbara Holmes

Triathlon News - Wed, 26/04/2017 - 17:37
Workout Wednesday has been a longstanding tradition at the International Triathlon Union, where we like to honour and showcase some of the best triathletes in the world - you! We’ve talked to medallists from the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel age group races in both the standard and sprint distance sport classes and have asked them to provide their triathlete story along with their favourite workouts, proving that no matter your age, gender, race or country, anyone can tri! This week we have Barbara Holmes, a civil servant from Great Britain who earned her first triathlon gold medal in Cozumel in the sprint distance. While she is no stranger to the winning podium, since she is a European and World Champion in Aquathlon, she conquered the bike to be able to snag another title this past year. Name: Barbara Holmes Country: GBR Age Group: Female 55-59 Sprint Distance Profession: Civil Servant How you got involved in triathlon? I first was involved with doing aquathlon (run/swim/run) with my children. How often you train? I train six or seven days a week, depending on when a rest day is due. Best training advice? Consistency without over doing it.   What motivates you to race? I am motivated by inspiring my children when I compete and work hard. Favourite swim workout: 500m X 6 as:  1.  Warm up.  2. Pull.  3. Build each 100m.  4. Easier pace.  5.  Race pace.  6.  Cool down. Favourite bike workout: Hill reps over a 1-2 km ascent, recovery on descent.  Repeat as many times as able. Favourite run workout: 10k off road/trail run

ITU President, Marisol Casado, appointed to four IOC Commissions

Triathlon News - Tue, 25/04/2017 - 20:15
The International Triathlon Union is pleased to announce that ITU President and International Olympic Committee member, Marisol Casado, has been appointed to four of the IOC Commissions. During the next year, Casado will serve on the Women and Sport, Olympic Solidarity, Public Affairs and Social Development Through Sport and Evaluation for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad Commissions, while ITU Honorary Member Dr. Sarah Springman will serve on the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission. “I am absolutely delighted to be involved in the four Commissions at the IOC,” said Casado. “To be able to present the IOC with the voice of an International Federation is always remarkable, and I commit myself to serve with dedication, transparency and loyalty to help develop not only our sport, triathlon, but also the whole world of sports.” IOC President, Thomas Bach, announced the composition of the 26 IOC Commissions, highlighting the fact that 38% of the places are now held by women. “These changes are aligned with the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 and show that a stronger participation of women and a more diversified continental representation are our top priorities,” said IOC President Bach. For the first time, female members are present on each of the Commissions. The IOC has also approved to increase the number of members from America, Africa and Asia, guaranteeing a more diverse continental representation. Ms. Casado was appointed a member of the IOC in 2010, and since then she has been playing an active role on multiple commissions and activities. She joined the Women and Sport Commission in 2014, being also the only female president of a summer Olympic International Federation. In 2015, she was appointed to the Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport Commission, presided by Mario Pescante, and the following year, in 2016, she was elected as a member of the Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, to which the cities of Los Angeles and Paris are bidding. The last commission to be joined by Casado is the Olympic Solidarity, presided by the Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, which is focused on giving assistance to all the National Olympic Committees, particularly those with the greatest needs, through multi-faceted programmes prioritizing athlete development, training of coaches and sports administrators, and promoting the Olympic values. ITU Honorary member and former Vice President, Dr. Sarah Springman,...

ITU President, Marisol Casado, appointed to four IOC Commissions

Triathlon News - Tue, 25/04/2017 - 20:15
The International Triathlon Union is pleased to announce that ITU President and International Olympic Committee member, Marisol Casado, has been appointed to four of the IOC Commissions. During the next year, Casado will serve on the Women and Sport, Olympic Solidarity, Public Affairs and Social Development Through Sport and Evaluation for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad Commissions, while ITU Honorary Member Dr. Sarah Springman will serve on the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission. “I am absolutely delighted to be involved in the four Commissions at the IOC,” said Casado. “To be able to present the IOC with the voice of an International Federation is always remarkable, and I commit myself to serve with dedication, transparency and loyalty to help develop not only our sport, triathlon, but also the whole world of sports.” IOC President, Thomas Bach, announced the composition of the 26 IOC Commissions, highlighting the fact that 38% of the places are now held by women. “These changes are aligned with the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020 and show that a stronger participation of women and a more diversified continental representation are our top priorities,” said IOC President Bach. For the first time, female members are present on each of the Commissions. The IOC has also approved to increase the number of members from America, Africa and Asia, guaranteeing a more diverse continental representation. Ms. Casado was appointed a member of the IOC in 2010, and since then she has been playing an active role on multiple commissions and activities. She joined the Women and Sport Commission in 2014, being also the only female president of a summer Olympic International Federation. In 2015, she was appointed to the Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport Commission, presided by Mario Pescante, and the following year, in 2016, she was elected as a member of the Evaluation Commission for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, to which the cities of Los Angeles and Paris are bidding. The last commission to be joined by Casado is the Olympic Solidarity, presided by the Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, which is focused on giving assistance to all the National Olympic Committees, particularly those with the greatest needs, through multi-faceted programmes prioritizing athlete development, training of coaches and sports administrators, and promoting the Olympic values. ITU Honorary member and former Vice President, Dr. Sarah Springman,...

Jodie Stimpson Still out to Claim 2017 Season

Triathlon News - Fri, 21/04/2017 - 12:01
The 2017 World Triathlon Series is well underway, with two competitions down in the nine-stop tour across the globe. While this new season has shined a light on many athletes choosing different competition paths or personal events post the Rio Olympic buzz, one woman from Great Britain has instead been show-stopping the female field to stake claims on a WTS World Title. Last year did not go as planned for Jodie Stimpson. After a disappointing 2016 left her unable to fulfill her Olympic dream for Rio, she missed the final spot on the women’s team. But despite the letdown, Stimpson walked away from the year with a strong top-seven finish in the overall Series rankings and ended up with two podiums including one WTS win. So, while the year was a personally difficult one for the Brit, the things that she learned and grew from the experience enabled her to want to start this year fresh, as one of the top elite women. On what Stimpson took away from her past year she said, “Firstly thank you. You are right it was definitely full of ups and downs, for sure one of the hardest of my career to date. I suppose the main thing I took from the year is how much I love the sport and love what I do.” Entering the new season, 2017 was shaping up to be revealed as a whole different type of competition, as many top contenders, such as Gwen Jorgensen (USA), Helen Jenkins (GBR) and Nicola Spirig (SUI) announced that they would not be competing because they were pregnant. Therefore opening up the field for possible newcomers or old rivals to come in and take over the leaderboard. So if there was ever a time to claim a season, 2017 was going to be it. And luckily for Stimpson, that meant starting out in the same city where she claimed gold. Gearing up for the Series opener in Abu Dhabi, Stimpson spent her offseason training getting back to the beginning, a place where she competed in triathlon because she loved it, since she was a little girl and competing with her Auntie Derek (a nickname she called her Uncle.) “You never really know how your winter has gone until you have a few races under your belt. I don’t think anyone feels ready to race in the first race of the year especially when it’s in March. But I love to race – it’s what I train for so I was excited to get out there and see where I was at in my training - what had gone well on what I needed to work on.” As the 2017 World Triathlon Series kicked off in the Middle East, the whole world...

Jodie Stimpson Still out to Claim 2017 Season

Triathlon News - Fri, 21/04/2017 - 12:01
The 2017 World Triathlon Series is well underway, with two competitions down in the nine-stop tour across the globe. While this new season has shined a light on many athletes choosing different competition paths or personal events post the Rio Olympic buzz, one woman from Great Britain has instead been show-stopping the female field to stake claims on a WTS World Title. Last year did not go as planned for Jodie Stimpson. After a disappointing 2016 left her unable to fulfill her Olympic dream for Rio, she missed the final spot on the women’s team. But despite the letdown, Stimpson walked away from the year with a strong top-seven finish in the overall Series rankings and ended up with two podiums including one WTS win. So, while the year was a personally difficult one for the Brit, the things that she learned and grew from the experience enabled her to want to start this year fresh, as one of the top elite women. On what Stimpson took away from her past year she said, “Firstly thank you. You are right it was definitely full of ups and downs, for sure one of the hardest of my career to date. I suppose the main thing I took from the year is how much I love the sport and love what I do.” Entering the new season, 2017 was shaping up to be revealed as a whole different type of competition, as many top contenders, such as Gwen Jorgensen (USA), Helen Jenkins (GBR) and Nicola Spirig (SUI) announced that they would not be competing because they were pregnant. Therefore opening up the field for possible newcomers or old rivals to come in and take over the leaderboard. So if there was ever a time to claim a season, 2017 was going to be it. And luckily for Stimpson, that meant starting out in the same city where she claimed gold. Gearing up for the Series opener in Abu Dhabi, Stimpson spent her offseason training getting back to the beginning, a place where she competed in triathlon because she loved it, since she was a little girl and competing with her Auntie Derek (a nickname she called her Uncle.) “You never really know how your winter has gone until you have a few races under your belt. I don’t think anyone feels ready to race in the first race of the year especially when it’s in March. But I love to race – it’s what I train for so I was excited to get out there and see where I was at in my training - what had gone well on what I needed to work on.” As the 2017 World Triathlon Series kicked off in the Middle East, the whole world...

ITU Board meets in Seoul

Triathlon News - Fri, 21/04/2017 - 11:03
The ITU Executive Board met on April 18th and 19th in Seoul, South Korea to address many important topics at their first meeting after the 29th Congress held in Spain in December 2016. During two fruitful days of meetings, the Board, presided by ITU’s President Marisol Casado, agreed on launching the bidding process for cities interested in hosting the 2018 World Triathlon Series and World Cup events. After releasing the bid document in the coming days, cities will be encouraged to send their proposals for the 2018 calendar. Furthermore, the Executive Board awarded the ITU 2018 Winter Triathlon World Championship to the city of Cheile Gradistei, in Romania. In addition to the Elite World Championship, the Balkan town will also welcome Under23, Junior, Paratriathlon and Age Group athletes to vie for a chance at becoming the next World Champion in their respective divisions. One of the purposes of the meeting, the first of the newly elected members, was to analyze the competition structure within ITU and to explore the possible improvements, changes and adaptations. The Board members also had the chance to review the documents sent to the IOC to formally bid for Mixed Relay to be included on the Olympic Programme Tokyo 2020. A bid proposal that emphasizes the great asset that Mixed Relay is, not only to our sport, but to the Olympic movement and gender balance in sport. With the future in mind, members of the Executive Board received an update on the venue, programme and calendar planned for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, as well as the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games. Looking forward, members of the Board also decided to start preparations for the development of the new ITU Strategic Plan 2018-2021. As the President arrived in Seoul following a full week of meetings in Denmark during SportAccord, the members of the Executive Board were informed of all the discussions held with ASOIF, SportAccord and the WADA Congress, held last month in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Board also had the opportunity to discuss the latest updates of the current conversations with IRONMAN since signing the MOU. The Executive Board approved the President’s proposal to establish term limits for ITU Board members. The term limits will be introduced during the next Congress to be held in Rotterdam, September 2017. After two days of meetings, members of the Executive Board were greeted by the President of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games...

ITU Board meets in Seoul

Triathlon News - Fri, 21/04/2017 - 11:03
The ITU Executive Board met on April 18th and 19th in Seoul, South Korea to address many important topics at their first meeting after the 29th Congress held in Spain in December 2016. During two fruitful days of meetings, the Board, presided by ITU’s President Marisol Casado, agreed on launching the bidding process for cities interested in hosting the 2018 World Triathlon Series and World Cup events. After releasing the bid document in the coming days, cities will be encouraged to send their proposals for the 2018 calendar. Furthermore, the Executive Board awarded the ITU 2018 Winter Triathlon World Championship to the city of Cheile Gradistei, in Romania. In addition to the Elite World Championship, the Balkan town will also welcome Under23, Junior, Paratriathlon and Age Group athletes to vie for a chance at becoming the next World Champion in their respective divisions. One of the purposes of the meeting, the first of the newly elected members, was to analyze the competition structure within ITU and to explore the possible improvements, changes and adaptations. The Board members also had the chance to review the documents sent to the IOC to formally bid for Mixed Relay to be included on the Olympic Programme Tokyo 2020. A bid proposal that emphasizes the great asset that Mixed Relay is, not only to our sport, but to the Olympic movement and gender balance in sport. With the future in mind, members of the Executive Board received an update on the venue, programme and calendar planned for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, as well as the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games. Looking forward, members of the Board also decided to start preparations for the development of the new ITU Strategic Plan 2018-2021. As the President arrived in Seoul following a full week of meetings in Denmark during SportAccord, the members of the Executive Board were informed of all the discussions held with ASOIF, SportAccord and the WADA Congress, held last month in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Board also had the opportunity to discuss the latest updates of the current conversations with IRONMAN since signing the MOU. The Executive Board approved the President’s proposal to establish term limits for ITU Board members. The term limits will be introduced during the next Congress to be held in Rotterdam, September 2017. After two days of meetings, members of the Executive Board were greeted by the President of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games...

ITU Board meets in Seoul

Triathlon News - Fri, 21/04/2017 - 11:03
The ITU Executive Board met on April 18th and 19th in Seoul, South Korea to address many important topics at their first meeting after the 29th Congress held in Spain in December 2016. During two fruitful days of meetings, the Board, presided by ITU’s President Marisol Casado, agreed on launching the bidding process for cities interested in hosting the 2018 World Triathlon Series and World Cup events. After releasing the bid document in the coming days, cities will be encouraged to send their proposals for the 2018 calendar. Furthermore, the Executive Board awarded the ITU 2018 Winter Triathlon World Championship to the city of Cheile Gradistei, in Romania. In addition to the Elite World Championship, the Balkan town will also welcome Under23, Junior, Paratriathlon and Age Group athletes to vie for a chance at becoming the next World Champion in their respective divisions. One of the purposes of the meeting, the first of the newly elected members, was to analyze the competition structure within ITU and to explore the possible improvements, changes and adaptations. The Board members also had the chance to review the documents sent to the IOC to formally bid for Mixed Relay to be included on the Olympic Programme Tokyo 2020. A bid proposal that emphasizes the great asset that Mixed Relay is, not only to our sport, but to the Olympic movement and gender balance in sport. With the future in mind, members of the Executive Board received an update on the venue, programme and calendar planned for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, as well as the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games. Looking forward, members of the Board also decided to start preparations for the development of the new ITU Strategic Plan 2018-2021. As the President arrived in Seoul following a full week of meetings in Denmark during SportAccord, the members of the Executive Board were informed of all the discussions held with ASOIF, SportAccord and the WADA Congress, held last month in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Board also had the opportunity to discuss the latest updates of the current conversations with IRONMAN since signing the MOU. The Executive Board approved the President’s proposal to establish term limits for ITU Board members. The term limits will be introduced during the next Congress to be held in Rotterdam, September 2017. After two days of meetings, members of the Executive Board were greeted by the President of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games...

Romania awarded the 2018 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships

Triathlon News - Thu, 20/04/2017 - 12:57
ITU is pleased to announce that the 2018 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships have been awarded to Cheile Gradistei, Romania, and will be held in January 2018. “Romania is one of the most developed markets of triathlon in the Balkans, and has been heavily involved in the development of triathlon on Eastern Europe, organizing different races in the last years, from long distance to cross duathlon and wintertri” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “With the help of the Romanian National Federation, serving as the local organizing committee, I am sure that this event would help to increase the competitive level of the Romanian Elite and juniors athletes and would certainly increase the number of participating age groupers on winter triathlon.” Cheile Gradistei has also hosted in 2017 an ETU Wintertriathlon European Cup and in 2015 and 2016 the iconic resort welcomed participants of the Romanian Winter Triathlon National Championships. The little town in the Balkans was also home for the 2016 Nordic Junior & Cross-Country U23 Ski World Championships and the 2013 European Young Olympic Winter Festival. The venue will be the Resort Fundata, a touristic complex in the heart of the amazing forest with many kilometers of MTB trails and running trails, and the competition will be held on the biathlon tracks. Winter triathlon is one of the newest events on ITU’s calendar, with elite athletes going for an 8 km run on the snow, 14 km of MTB also on the snow and 12 km of cross country skiing. In addition to the Elite World Championship, Cheile Gradistei will welcome Under23, Junior, Paratriathlon and Age Group athletes to vie for a chance at becoming the next World Champion in their respective divisions. “I am sure that all athletes will be thrilled to race on one of the best kept secret corners of Europe, and everything will be ready for a warm welcome and some epic races”, said Casado.

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