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Kevin McDowell Will Travel To Beijing To Support Teammates

American Kevin McDowell will travel to this weekend's ITU Junior World Championships to support his teammates. McDowell would have been one of the favorites to win the junior world title in Beijing if he were competing, but he is instead fighting a battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

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American Kevin McDowell will travel to this weekend’s ITU Junior World Championships to support his teammates. McDowell would have been one of the favorites to win the junior world title in Beijing if he were competing, but he is instead fighting a battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Kevin McDowell, left, won silver at 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org.

My name is Kevin McDowell and USA Triathlon asked me to write a blog about my experiences this year at the World Championships in Beijing. My perspective will be very different because instead of competing, I will be observing the championships. Here is my story.

Six months ago my life had changed drastically. I was coming off such a high after the Elite Sprint Nationals in Clermont, Florida. It really got me excited for what was to come and helped build my confidence for my main goal of the season: win the Junior World Championships. On March 8, two days after the race, I received the news I had cancer (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) and would be undergoing treatment the next six months instead of training towards my goals. It was definitely a smack in the face and left me speechless. Honestly, I didn’t know what to think.

Read more: Usatriathlon.org