ELITE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM REPRESENTING ONE THIRD OF U.S. MEN’S FIELD
Jarrod Shoemaker, Ethan Brown and 4 other Americans will be vying for 2 open spots on the 2012 United States Men’s Olympic triathlon team. Shoemaker (29), a graduate of Dartmouth College and a favorite for making the team, represented the U.S. in China as a member of the 2008 Olympic squad. Brown (26), a graduate of the University of Michigan, qualified for the trials with his 4th place finish at the Brazilian Pan American Cup race in April.
The Elite Development Program (EDP) was founded in 2002 by New England based Team Psycho, a multisport triathlon team consisting of professional, elite and age group athletes. EDP’s mission is to support young triathletes in their pursuit of an Olympic team slot. EDP Founder Carmen Monks will be in San Diego to watch the trials. “We are thrilled to have Jarrod and Ethan on the starting line,” said Monks. “Our team members, along with local and like-minded businesses, have been integral in realizing EDP’s Olympic goals. The Harpoon Brewery to Brewery ride serves as our primary funding vehicle and we are delighted to share in this amazing accomplishment.” Professional mentoring and encouragement comes from Ironman champions and Co-Executive Directors Karen Smyers and Dede Griesbauer. "For years, the EDP has been a tremendous help to athletes in pursuit of excellence in the sport of triathlon,” commented Griesbauer. “It's an honor to have been asked to run the program with Karen and has given us a unique opportunity to give back to a sport that has enhanced our lives so much.” Smyers is familiar with the Olympic trials as she competed for a slot in 2000, the inaugural year for triathlon in the Olympics. “Team Psycho and all triathletes here in New England are proud to see two of our own making up a full third of the men's Olympic trials field for the United States.” said Smyers. “We all will be cheering for Ethan and Jarrod on Saturday.”
The men’s race will consist of 70 athletes from all over the world racing in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon event. The race will determine the Olympic squads for a number of other nations, as it mimics the Olympic atmosphere and is the second-to-last ITU World Triathlon Series event prior to the closing of the ITU's 2012 Olympic qualification window. The men will compete in the draft-legal, Olympic-distance race (1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run) contested at Mission Bay on May 12th at 2:30 PM PST. The venue is adjacent to Fiesta Island, which hosted the world's first-ever triathlon on Sept. 25, 1974.
For more information on the Elite Development Program and our athletes please contact Carmen Monks, Team Psycho Board member and EDP Founder at 617-699-4732. http://www.teampsycho.com/tri