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American Jordan Rapp has been chosen as the United States Olympic Committee’s November Athlete of the Month for November.
See the complete press release from USA Triathlon below:
The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) honored triathlete Jordan Rapp as its male Athlete of the Month for November following a gold-medal performance at the 2011 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships last month.
After being injured when struck by a car while cycling in March 2010, Rapp (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) added to his comeback story by claiming the ITU Long Distance world title on Nov. 5 in Henderson, Nev. Cold water and air temperatures led to the cancellation of the swim, and athletes competed on a 120-kilometer bike and 30-kilometer run course after a time-trial start. Rapp lifted the tape with a time of 5 hours, 15 seconds – nearly three minutes faster than his next closest competitor. Rapp’s world title was the third for the U.S. in the history of the event, and the second gold medal for the Americans in the past three years.
Rapp is the third triathlete to earn USOC Athlete of the Month accolades in 2011, as Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was honored in April and Sarah Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) claimed the award for May.
Paralympic track & field athlete Chelsea McClammer (Benton City, Wash.) was named the USOC’s female Athlete of the Month for November, while the U.S. National Under-17 Hockey Team was awarded Team of the Month honors.
Each National Governing Body (NGB) may nominate up to but no more than one female, one male and one team per discipline. The winners are then chosen by a voting panel from that pool of nominees. Online fan voting, via a Twitter poll, accounts for 10 percent of the total vote.