by ITU Admin on 01 Jan, 2008 12:00

On Sep. 16, history was made when Jarrod Shoemaker of Maynard, Mass. became the first qualifier for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. On that same day, Jarrod’s place in history was cemented through an unfortunate but well-timed photo:


This is the essence of guts (literally), the epitome of giving your all in pursuit of a dream very few of us will ever be in position to grab. Jarrod was not the favorite on that day, but he left with a plane ticket to Beijing.

In 2008, Mr. Shoemaker will compete at Musselman, a month before he takes the start line for the Olympic Games in Beijing. The ITU Pan American Cup will be your chance to see one of the finest triathletes in the world today, a man who took a world-class run at Dartmouth and painstakingly forged out of it a world-class swim and bike.  He’s the man every woman wants to meet: intelligence, humility, athleticism, and, aside from a rare moment of throwing up all over himself, disarming good looks.

Be there July 12 to see Jarrod take on the Mussel. Then watch him take on the world.

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