Thirteen of the nation’s best juniors — and two Olympians — visited Colorado Springs last weekend.
USA Triathlon made an investment in the future of its high performance program last weekend with the first-ever Junior Elite Women’s Camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Thirteen of the nation’s top rising triathlon stars — young women ages 15-17 — spent two full days learning from and training alongside some of USA Triathlon’s top coaches and a pair of 2012 U.S. Olympians — Sarah Groff and Gwen Jorgensen.
“The purpose of the camp is to engage the next generation of fast-rising junior women and give them an extra boost of encouragement to commit to the sport long term,” USA Triathlon Athlete Development Coordinator Steve Kelley said.
USA Triathlon High Performance Team coaches nominated 25 junior women, and 13 were ultimately selected for the camp, which was led by Regional Athlete Development Coordinators Kathleen Johnston (Nashville, Tenn.) and Sharon Osgood (Carmel Valley, Calif.).
The camp featured a pair of group swims and runs and lots of time for sharing and discussion. The aim of the weekend was about connecting socially for the up-and-coming athletes, just as much as it was about training. Osgood referred to the low-pressure weekend as “more of a retreat than a training camp.”
Johnston added, “The junior women are really socially driven, and it’s important for them to have an environment where they know there are others out there who are like them. They can have good friends in the sport.”
Many of the athletes in attendance knew each other from competing in Youth Elite and Junior Elite events over the past few years, but last weekend marked the first real opportunity for them to train side by side and get to know one another beyond race day.
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