ASIAGO, Italy — Seven amateur athletes represented Team USA at the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships in Asiago, Italy, on Feb. 11, as Sheri Schrock (Cohasset, Minn.) and Tracy DiSabato-Aust collected medals in their respective age groups.
Winter triathlon is a unique multisport discipline that combines running, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. Sunday’s event was held at the Centro di Fondo Campolongo, a Nordic skiing venue in the heart of the Venetian mountains. The age-group course featured a 4-kilometer run and 7-kilometer bike on snow-packed trails, followed by a 6-kilometer ski.
Schrock, who claimed the women’s 60-64 age group world title in 2018, grabbed the silver medal in the women’s 65-69 division. She finished with a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, less than four minutes behind world champion Karin Schulz of Germany (1:25:01). Rounding out the top-three was Italy’s Rossella Carletti, who took bronze in 1:37:06.
DiSabato-Aust, competing in her first Winter Triathlon World Championships, claimed bronze in the women’s 60-64 division with a time of 1:26:32. She shared the podium with gold medalist Waltraud Ritter of Austria (1:19:29) and silver medalist Luisella Iabichella of Italy (1:24:28).
Also earning a top-10 finish for Team USA was Christian Otto (Scarsdale, N.Y.), who took eighth in the men’s 50-54 division. His time of 1:01:51 was less than 10 minutes back from the world champion, Frode Engelund of Norway.
In addition to age-group competition, the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships featured races for elite, junior, U23 and paratriathlon athletes, as well as an elite 2x2 mixed relay. Complete results from all events are available at triathlon.org.
ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships
4k run, 7k bike, 6k cross-country ski
United States Finishers
8. Christian Otto (Scarsdale, N.Y.), 1:01:51
31. Kevin Elmore (Murrieta, Calif.), 1:49:17
3. Tracy DiSabato-Aust (Sunbury, Ohio), 1:26:32
12. James Aust (Sunbury, Ohio), 1:10:05
22. Marc Mone (Murrieta, Calif.), 1:41:46
2. Sheri Schrock (Cohasset, Minn.), 1:29:00
12. Edward Wheeler (Strongsville, Ohio), 1:45:03
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).