Shawn Morelli Selected to Represent United States at 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro
Shawn Morelli of The UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team has been selected to represent the United States in competition at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Morelli, reigning World Champion in the time trial, road race, and track pursuit disciplines, had a stellar performance at this past weekend’s Olympic Trials in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she clocked the fastest WC4 category time on the 21.9km course. The result secured her place on the 18-strong team of paralympic cyclists who will make the trip to Rio, a first for the the Army Veteran who began racing just a few years ago.
Thanks to strong performances throughout the last four years, Team USA will bring the largest team of any country attending the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. “Our athletes and coaching staff have worked really hard on the program over the past four years, and as a team, we’ve become the best in the world,” said Ian Lawless, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics Cycling. “The roster includes a mix of returning athletes and new talent, which when combined, translates to one amazing team. We expect to exceed our performance from London and to see some amazing performances in Rio.” Read the full news release from Team USA here.
Reflecting on her selection, Morelli was elated to make the cut and honored to represent her country on the World stage, “To compete in the Rio at the games is a dream come true. Something so many kids dream about and athletes strive for. It will be an honor to represent the USA.”
Morelli joined the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team for 2016 and has been an inspiring member of the program throughout the year. For training and experience, Morelli joined her teammates in her first UCI professional stage race, the Joe Martin Stage Race in Arkansas this past April. The 2016 Paralympic Games will take place from September 7th to 18th.