Sport’s newest format featured under the lights in Las Vegas with portable pool
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Multisport fans will be introduced to an exciting and unique triathlon format on Monday, Oct. 7, when Universal Sports Network debuts its television coverage of the 2013 USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series.
A 60-minute broadcast of the Super Sprint Triathlon Grand Prix, hosted under the lights in Las Vegas on Sept. 19, will air at 8 p.m. ET on Monday. Steve Schlanger (play-by-play) and 2008 Olympian Julie Swail Ertel (analyst), who formed NBC’s triathlon broadcast team during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, will provide the commentary.
Contested in a double super-sprint format, professional athletes completed two continuous, non-stop circuits of the same course, each comprised of a 300-meter pool swim, 5-mile bike and 1.5-mile run. Ten women and 10 men earned a place in the finals with qualifying heats held earlier in the day.
Re-air times for the broadcasts include (all times Eastern): Oct. 7 at 11 p.m., Oct. 8 at 3 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 12 at 2 p.m., Oct. 17 at 10 p.m. and Oct. 18 at 1 a.m.
The final event of the USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series, scheduled for Oct. 26 in San Diego, will be broadcast on Monday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. ET.
Universal Sports Network is now available on Time Warner Cable, Cox, satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country. Find Universal Sports Network in your area by visiting http://www.universalsports.com/iwantuniversalsports.html.
The Super Sprint Series is a groundbreaking new format that features the world’s best elite triathletes in a spectator-friendly environment. The venues put fans in the center of the action, with athletes completing two continuous, non-stop circuits of the same course.
The USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series opener was also held in San Diego on April 24, following the 2013 Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego. Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.), who earned a fourth-place finish at the 2012 London Olympic Games, bested the women’s field with a time of 40 minutes even, while Australian Aaron Royle finished in 37:10 to win the men’s race.
Visit usatriathlon.org for more on the Super Sprint Series.
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About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 550,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, 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 Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).