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Athletes Making Waves in the USA Triathlon Virtual Combine

ByTiffany Allen

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Athletes Making Waves in the USA Triathlon Virtual Combine

Throughout the month of November, athletes are encouraged to participate in USA Triathlon’s Virtual Combine on GMTM. Athletes who participate will have the opportunity to be highlighted and will be entered for a chance to win fun prizes throughout the month

USA Triathlon has seen great submissions and participation this month. Keep reading to check out a few of the athletes who have been making waves so far. 

Joshua Blanchard

Joshua is a Junior at Edison Prep High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has been a triathlete since the age of 6. He has competed at National Championships for the past two years, and this past summer placed 2nd Overall in his age group for the non-draft legal race. 

He is a competitive swimmer on a club team, and also competes with on his high school sports teams, including running Varsity Cross Country, Track, and a member of the swim team. In addition to all of his sports, he has been able  to maintain a 3.8 GPA, even while taking college-level Engineering classes at TulsaTech. 

His studies are very important to him. Being able to balance sports, school, and family are equally important to Joshua. His dedication to his sports is clear, and embraces many leadership qualities. He enjoys the thrill of competition and is passionate about helping others.

Lucas Ribo

Lucas is a 16 year old triathlete from Spain. He is a passionate and committed student with a major focus on his academics, while also striving to achieve excellence in sports.  

Lucas wants to take his passion for sports to the next level by continuing his career at collegiate level. Though Lucas’ journey into sports only began about 6 years ago, he has participated in numerous National and World level events and competitions since he started.  

In 2023, he competed in the World Triathlon Championship Finals in Ponte Vedra. You can check out highlights from his finisher video here.  

Rachele Lavagno

Rachele is a current member of the USA Triathlon Junior National Team. Rachele recently returned from a 6 month long training stint in Australia, and is now entering her final year of high school. Her dream goal for next year is to come to the US to continue to grow and develop as a triathlete, and also as a student.  

She believes that the best way to improve is by challenging yourself, so she is doing just that. Rachele is pushing herself in her studies and in her athletic journey in order to reach the next level, and make a name for herself in college athletics. 

Now, more than ever, she is committed to pursuing her athletic and academic goals and is working hard to bring her dreams and goals to fruition.


The USA Triathlon Virtual Combine is still looking forward to more submissions like these. Be sure to submit your information and share this opportunity with members of your community.

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