Hannah Rae Finchamp

High Hopes for Team USA in Zittau

More than 50 American athletes, reportedly the largest international contingent outside of Germany, are set to race for world titles at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships tomorrow.

In addition to being the deepest, it also has to be considered the strongest.

Notable Americans include two-time ITU Cross Tri World Champ Kathy Hudson from Texas, and previous ITU winners Hannah Rae Finchamp (as a junior in 2012), Brad Moore, David Rakita, Brent Peacock and Alan Moore.

John Royson, a 4x XTERRA World Champ, will shoot for gold in the 60-64 division while Grayson Keppler, Daniel Molnar, and George Mainas are three of our best overall amateurs in the U.S.

Last night Team USA gathered at the Gondelfahrt Restaurant in Jonsdorf for a team dinner.

“A grand crowd of over 70 athletes and family joined in the fun and red wine, white wine, sparkling water and a choice of Pork Loin, Meat Lasagna or a Vegetarian dinner was on offer,” explained Nicholas.  “From what I heard the Lasagna was fabulous.  I had the pork loin and it was also great.  Team USA ITU Germany pins were handed out to all and even the German Race Director appeared for a beer and to thank the USA for the largest international team.  Old friends sat together, new friends were made.”

Here’s a look at the Team USA amateurs (alpha):
Alexandra Akemann (Northville MI); Brent Bieshaar (Highlands Ranch CO); Rodger Bivens (Tucson AZ); Michelle Blankenship (Durango CO); G L  Brown (Ada MI); Lisa Brummond (Tacoma WA); Matthew Carr (Phoenix AZ); Lori Cooper (Trophy Club TX); Steve Croucher (Vail CO); May-li Cuypers (Largo FL); Brett Edgerle (Kohler WI); Melanie Etherton (Austin TX); Steve Etherton (Austin TX); Scott Ewing (Shalimar FL); Hannah Rae Finchamp (Altadena CA); Jess Griffiths (Park City UT); Jeffrey Grynwald (Little Rock AR); Amy Henning (Appleton WI); Jennifer Higgins (Fort Collins CO); Janelle Holt (Oak Park MI); Joseph Horowitz (San Jose CA); Kathy Hudson (Highland Village TX); Grayson Keppler (Dallas TX); George Lester (Medfield MA); John  Lichtenfeld (Grapevine TX); Stephen Lohr (Dallas TX); Fernando Lopez (Houston TX); George Mainas (Greenbrae CA); Darrel McHugh (Acworth GA); Daniel Molnar (Bismarck ND); Brad Moore (Parsons TN); Alan Moore (Ada MI); Allison Moore (Boise ID);  Michael Nunez (Salt Lake City UT); Ken Ono (Johns Creek GA); Christian Otto (Webster TX); Brent Peacock (Jackson WY); David Rakita (Durango CO); Charlie Redmond (Tenafly NJ); Humberto Rivera (Chula Vista CA); John Royson (Albamy CA); Delania Sather (Albuquerque NM); Jessica Septon (Ogden UT); Dillon Shaffer (Lawton OK); Sharon Peachey Sheremeta (Tucson AZ); Oley Sheremeta (Tucson AZ); Patrick Smock (Liberty Hill TX); Jukka Valkonen (Piedmont CA); Willy Waks (San Francisco CA); Richard Wall (Colorado Springs CO)