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Reed, Ertel Secure Spots on U.S Olympic Triathlon Teams

Matt Reed and Julie Swail Ertel out ran their field to secured spots on the U.S. Olympic Men's and Women's triathlon teams with their wins at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This was the second selection event of three trials. The Olympic distance triathlon featured a 1.5km swim in the Black Warrior River, a 40km 8 loop bike course along the Tuscaloosa waterfront and a 10km run also along the waterfront.

Reed beat out favorites Andy Potts and Hunter Kemper to take the second U.S. men’s Olympic Triathlon team spot. On the women’s side Ertel managed to stay ahead of Sarah Haskins and Sarah Groff for the win and earn the second spot on the women's team.

Matt and Julie will join previously selected U.S. Olympic Team members Laura Bennett and Jarrod Shoemaker. The Beijing Olympic Games are only four months away. The event schedule has the Men's and Women's Triathlon event taking place in the second week of the games on August 18th and 19th.
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials:

     Women          Men  
1 - Julie Swail Ertel 2:02:21    1 - Matt Reed 1:52:15
2 - Sarah Haskins 2:02:50    2 - Andy Potts 1:52:35
3 - Sarah Groff 2:02:59    3 - Hunter Kemper 1:52:39
4 - Joanna Zeiger 2:05:15    4 - Brian Fleischmann 1:55:22
5 - Jasmine Oeinck 2:06:09    5 - Doug Friman 1:56:25

The first selection event was held at the ITU Beijing World Cup last September where Laura Bennett and Jarrod Shoemaker qualified. The next and final selection event will be held in Des Moines, Iowa at the Hy-Vee Triathlon on June 22nd. With two out of three slots determined for both the men and the women, all eyes are on Des Moines, Iowa where the final team members will be selected based on the best two finishes in the three-race selection process.

Earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team is not a simple task. Athletes must compete well at domestic and international events to even be considered candidates and to earn points to be able to compete in selected qualifying events.

Additional coverage:
- Matt Reed upsets Kemper, Potts to take second US men’s Olympic slot via Inside Triathlon
- Reed, Ertel Earn Beijing Spots with Strong Wins at U.S. Olympic Trials via USA Triathlon
- 2008 Olympic Team Information via USA Triathlon
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