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U.S. Area Youth Olympic Trials - Track & Field to be held Apr. 4-5 in Miramar, Fla.

3/27/2014
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- USA Track & Field will host the U.S. Area Youth Olympic Selection Trials - Track & Field in Miramar, Fla., April 4-5 at the world-class Ansin Sports Complex. U.S. Athletes aged 16 and 17 will complete alongside young people from Non-Carifta member federations for a chance to represent the Americas Team at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Aug. 16-28.

The two-day selection trials will feature approximately 150 athletes from Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the U.S., competing in 32 disciplines, slating 16 events for young men and 16 for young women.

At the 2010 Youth Olympic Games inaugural event in Singapore, Team USA collected eight medals: three gold, two silver and three bronze.

The U.S. Olympic Committee has awarded USATF with 14 Youth Olympic Games athlete nomination slots, allocated specifically to U.S. athletes. Only one athlete per country earns a place in any single event, and any athlete making the team may only compete in one individual event in addition to a possible position on the 8x100m mixed relay team.

U.S. athletes with the highest place finish in their event at the  2014 U.S. Area Youth Olympic Trials - Track & Field will be nominated by USATF to the NACAC-Consudatle Selection Committee for consideration on the 131-member 2014 Youth Olympic Team for the Americas.

There will be a total of three Americas Team Area Youth Olympic Trials - Track & Field events, featuring the first at Miramar in the U.S., one in the Caribbean and another in South America. U.S. Athletes may only compete in the U.S. event as nominations for the Americas Youth Olympic Team are determined following the third and final trials event.

Athletes at the Najing 2014 Youth Olympic Games will compete in 28 sports while also taking part in a Culture and Education program.

About USA Track & Field
USATF is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. Led by President Stephanie Hightower and CEO Max Siegel, USATF is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization with a staff of professional program administrators at the National Office in Indianapolis. For more information about USATF, visit: http://www.usatf.org/

The City of Miramar, Fla.
The City of Miramar is proud and elated to have been selected to host this prominent international sporting event.  Miramar, situated in Broward County, Florida, is home to 123,000 residents and numerous corporations of various sizes including major players in diverse industries such as airline, cruise line, healthcare, finance, and media and communications.  Geographically, it is the center of corporate and business development in South Florida with quick access to all major highways and minutes away from South Florida's ports and airports.  Miramar is a city that welcomes all peoples and cultures.  For more information about Miramar visit: http://www.ci.miramar.fl.us/


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