When Jarrod Shoemaker made the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team on September 15, 2007 with his top-notch performance in Beijing, he beat out several top U.S. runners, including Hunter Kemper.
With two more qualifying races, many consider Kemper a shoe-in for Team USA. In an interview about this weekend's U.S. Open in Dallas, he made the following observation:
We had our first qualifier in Beijing, on the weekend after the LA race. I've had a little bit of a rough year with a back injury; it's the first setback due to injury of my career. It didn't limit me that much at the qualifier. I was the second American to finish, but only the first American automatically qualifies. They have another one in April in Hawaii, and one in June in Iowa. I definitely want to get it knocked out in Hawaii.
Kemper has a good chance of doing just that. The U.S. will send a tough team of triathletes to Beijing in 2008.