DES MOINES, IA – Eight of the world’s premier triathletes will appear Saturday at the Hy-Vee Triathlon Expo as part of a panel discussion and question-and-answer session open to the general public.
“This is the most diverse and most competitive field we’ve ever had for the Hy-Vee Triathlon,” said Bill Burke, race director. “Fans will have an opportunity to hear some of the best triathletes in the world talk about their accomplishments, their training and their outlook for the race on Sunday.”
The free session will be held Saturday from 1-2 p.m. in Expo Hall C at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines. Moderating the session will be former Ironman world champion and Triathlete Hall of Fame member Greg Welch
Athletes taking part in the Q&A session are:
- Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain, gold medalist in men’s triathlon at the 2012 London Olympic Games and reigning ITU World Champion
- Javier Gomez of Spain, silver medalist at the London Games and two-time ITU World Champion
- Greg Bennett of Australia and the U.S., defending Hy-Vee Elite Men’s champion and a former Olympian with six World Cup titles to his credit
- Chris “Macca” McCormack of Australia, two-time Ironman World Champion and a former ITU World Champion
- Lisa Norden of Sweden, defending Hy-Vee Elite Women’s champion and silver medalist in women’s triathlon at the London Olympic Games
- Sarah Groff of the U.S., last year’s USAT Olympic/ITU Athlete of the Year, who finished a close fourth in the women’s triathlon at the 2012 London Olympic Games
- Sarah Haskins of the U.S., a former Olympian, Pan Am Games gold medalist and ITU World Championships silver medalist
- Melissa Rollison Hauschildt of Australia, the reigning Ironman 70.3 champion
These eight world-class athletes will be part of the field of 30 men and 30 women competing in Sunday’s Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship Elite Cup for a share of triathlon’s largest prize purse – more than $1.1 million, with $151,500 checks going to the winners of the men’s and women’s races.