CHICAGO — Universal Sports Network will air exclusive national television and online coverage of the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Chicago June 28-29. The women’s race will air Saturday, June 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET LIVE, followed by the men’s event on Sunday, June 29 at 5 p.m. ET LIVE both on air and online at universalsports.com to authenticated users.
Following the live telecasts, Universal Sports will air encore presentations of both races — the women on Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET and the men on Sunday, June 29 at 9 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. ET.
Chicago is the fifth of the eight stops of the 2014 ITU Word Triathlon Series in which the world’s best athletes meet to compete head-to-head throughout the year. Chicago will be the third U.S. city to ever host the series, and this year’s event will feature 130 elite triathletes, 60 elite paratriathletes and 4,000 age-groupers competing along the shores of Lake Michigan and in front of some of Chicago’s greatest landmarks before finishing at the iconic Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.
The world-ranked No. 1 women’s triathlete and five-time ITU World Triathlon Series champion Gwen Jorgensen (St. Paul, Minn.), who captured her most recent win this season in London last month, is scheduled to compete alongside Olympian and World Champion Helen Jenkins (GBR), 2012 Olympic gold medalist Nicola Spirig (SUI) and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Emma Moffatt (AUS).
Top-ranked Javier Gomez (ESP), the defending ITU World Triathlon Series Champion with three series wins under his belt this year, is scheduled to lead the men’s competition that includes four-time U.S. Olympian Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and 2008 Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.).
Universal Sports Network is the exclusive, national home to the ITU World Triathlon Series including the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Chicago. Universal Sports is available on Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH, and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country. To find Universal Sports in your channel lineup, please visit universalsports.com.
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About ITU World Triathlon Chicago The City of Chicago joins the ITU World Triathlon Series in 2014 and 2015, including the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final and Age Group World Championships. One of just eight series events around the globe in 2014, Chicago will welcome 130 of the world’s top Olympic-distance triathletes alongside such cities as Auckland, Cape Town, Yokohama, London, Hamburg, Stockholm and Edmonton. In addition to the elite races, the event features top-flight Olympic- and sprint-distance age-group races, as well as two relay options, offering amateurs the chance to compete in the same epic venue as the world’s best athletes. Launched in 2009, the ITU World Triathlon Series is televised in more than 160 countries. Visit chicago.triathlon.org for more information.