U.S. Area Youth Olympic Trials - Track & Field begin Friday
Miramar -- More than 150 athletes from 10 nations will compete at U.S. Area Youth Olympic Selection Trials - Track & Field, which begin Friday, April 4 at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla.
The two-day event features 16- and 17-year-old athletes from the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico, all vying for nomination to the Team for the Americas, which will compete at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Aug. 16-28.
The Youth Olympic Trials consists of 32 total disciplines with 16 events each for young women and young men. The event also serves as a qualifying competition for athlete nomination by USATF to the NACAC-Consudatle Selection Committee, which ultimately selects the 131-member Youth Olympic Team for the Americas.
The U.S. Olympic Committee has awarded USATF with 14 Youth Olympic Games athlete nomination slots, allocated specifically to U.S. athletes placing highest in their events. 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 at the Youth Olympic Games in addition to a possible appearance on the 8x100m mixed relay team.
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 Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games will compete in 28 sports while also taking part in a Culture and Education program. At the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, Team USA collected eight medals: three gold, two silver and three bronze.
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/