COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon has announced the team of athletes who will represent the United States at the 2022 World Games this summer. Four age group athletes, Kari Giles (Austell, Ga.), Deanna Newman (Mountain Brook, Ala.), Albert Harrison (Moscow Idaho) and Alex Arman (Boulder, Colorado) will compete in the duathlon in the international competition, together will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, July 7-17, 2022.
The World Games, held every four years, mainly feature sports and disciplines that do not feature in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the World Games and will be the first edition of the event to be held in the United States since the first World Games in Santa Clara, California in 1981.
Some 3,600 athletes representing more than 100 countries will be present.
This year’s event will feature two duathlon disciplines (run-bike-run), with athletes competing in standard and mixed distance relay race formats.
Giles is currently ranked 18th in the world triathlon duathlon rankings after placing sixth at the 2021 Powerman Triathlon Long Distance Duathlon World Championships last September. She also finished in the top five at the 2021 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships.
Newman was the second national duathlon champion for the United States in 2021, finishing second overall last year. She was also the recipient of an Honorable Mention for the 2021 USA Triathlon Women’s Masters Age Group Triathlete of the Year.
Representing the men for the United States is Harrison, who won the world title in his age group for the sprint and Olympic distance at the 2017 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Penticton.
Alongside Harrison is Arman, who won his third national championship last month at the 2022 USA Triathlon Multisport National Championships Festival. He also won titles at the 2021 and 2018 National Duathlon Championships.
The men’s and women’s races will take place on July 16 and the following mixed relay on July 17.
The World Games are run by the International World Games Association (IWGA), a non-profit organization made up of 37 international sports federations and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Tickets are available for purchase for those wishing to attend the 2022 World Games. Multi-sport fans are encouraged to come cheer on Team USA on home soil at this exciting and important event as we showcase our athletes and our sport in the world. Duathlon events are free for public events and will take place at Railroad Park.