Minneapolis selected as site for 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials presented by The Hartford

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September 27, 2019
MINNEAPOLIS – Today the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee announced that the greater Minneapolis area has been selected as the site of the 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for cycling, swimming and track and field. The multi-sport trials presented by The Hartford will select the athletes who will represent Team USA at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 and will take place June 25-28, 2020.

WHAT:    USOPC press conference and sport demonstration celebrating hosting of U.S. Paralympic Trails in Minneapolis

WHO:    Mallory Weggemann, Paralympic swimmer, gold medalist and local athlete
             Lex Gillette, Paralympic long jumper, 4-time silver medalist
             Clara Brown, Paralympic cycling hopeful, 3-time Parapan American champion
             Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis
             Melvin Tennant, Sports Minneapolis executive director
             Julie Dussliere, USOPC chief of Paralympic sport

WHEN:    Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 11:00 a.m. CT
                Press conference will be immediately followed by a sport demonstration and media opportunity with Mallory Weggemann at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota 
WHERE:    The Graduate Hotel
                615 Washington Ave. SE
                Minneapolis, Minn. 55414
USOPC CONTACT:    For RSVP and parking information, please contact Katie Branham
Katie.Branham@usopc.org | +1 719-237-9407

This is the second time in U.S. Paralympics’ history, that the trials will feature three sports being contested concurrently. The event is hosted by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the USOPC, and empowered through partner support from The Hartford and Toyota Motor North America. The 2016 edition was hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer our athletes a world-class event in Minneapolis as they look to secure their spots to represent Team USA in Tokyo," said USOPC chief of Paralympic sport Julie Dussliere. "The Paralympic Movement in the U.S. has had a tremendous momentum behind it in the past year, and we look forward to this being the biggest celebration of U.S. Paralympic athletes we’ve ever hosted.”

The 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials will feature more than 400 athletes competing in cycling, swimming and track and field at venues around the greater Minneapolis area, including the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota, McKnight Stadium at Breck School and cycling will take place along the West River Parkway in downtown Minneapolis. Family, fans and spectators can bounce from competition to competition, allowing them to take in Paralympic sport at its finest throughout the course of the three days of competition.

“As a Founding Partner of U.S. Paralympics and proud sponsor of athletes with disabilities for over 25 years, The Hartford is honored to be the presenting sponsor of the 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team Trials,” said Kathy Bromage, chief marketing and communications officer at The Hartford, the official disability insurance of U.S. Paralympics. “We believe people are capable of achieving amazing things with the right team, technology and support behind them.”

Minneapolis was selected based on a number of criteria, including its sport venues, local accommodations, accessibility and transportation, among several other factors.

“The selection of the Minneapolis region to host these three, high-profile Paralympic Team Trials is tremendously exciting. Once again, we will be able to showcase why we are considered a championship-caliber host city and region,” stated Sports Minneapolis Executive Director and Meet Minneapolis President and CEO Melvin Tennant. “The Sports Minneapolis team looks forward to welcoming these top athletes and encourages sports fans throughout the area to get swept up in the excitement of supporting these Paralympic hopefuls during their competition next summer.”

Following three days of competition, the event will culminate with a celebration on June 28, during which the U.S. team rosters for all three sports will be announced for the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The 2020 Games, which run from Aug. 25 - Sept. 6, 2020, will welcome nearly 4,250 athletes from 160 expected countries.
About the USOPC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.
Kathy McCarthy, Director of Public Relations & Communications
kathym@minneapolis.org, (612) 767-8048