Willow Koerber third in USOC Female Athlete of the Month contest


Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 8, 2010) – Willow Koerber (Durango, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher) took third-place in the voting for U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Female Athlete of the Month for May.

On May 2, Koerber became the first American female mountain biker to grab the World Cup leader’s jersey since Alison Dunlap in 2002. She earned a World Cup silver medal for the second time in as many weeks at round two of the World Cup in Houffalize, Belgium in early May. During round three of the World Cup, held in Offenburg, Germany on May 23, Koerber placed 13th and now sits in second overall in the World Cup standings as June racing gets underway.


Female and male athlete of the month designations went to high jumper Chaunte Lowe and weightlifter Kendrick Farrisfor May, while the Bryan Brothers were awarded Team of the Month honors. Lowe (Decatur, Ga.), a 2010 World Indoor bronze medalist, set the American record in the women’s high jump on Sunday while Farris (Shreveport, La.) won his first Pan American title and broke the American record in the clean and jerk at the Pan Am Championships. Bob and Mike Bryan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) tied the all-time Open era record of 61 team doubles titles after winning back-to-back ATP World Tour Masters Series events in May.

Each National Governing Body may nominate up to but no more than one female, one male and one team per discipline. The winners are then voted on from that pool of nominees.

While Koerber was third, Kayla Harrison (Wakefield, Ma.) took second-place in May’s female category after winning her first Senior World Cup on May 30 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Coming in second place in the Male Athlete of the Month voting was Myles Porter (Colorado Springs, Colo) who made history as the first visually impaired U.S. player ever to win a medal at the USA Judo Senior National Championships.

Chris Solinsky (Madison, Wis.) was third after his debut performance on May 1 when he became the first American to run under 27 minutes in the men’s 10,000m.

Placing second in the team voting was the duo of Brady Ellison (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Jennifer Nichols (Cheyenne, Wyo.) who made history at the first stage of the 2010 Archery World Cup in Porec, Croatia on May 8 by winning the first-ever mixed team international event. Coming in third were David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) and Nick McCrory (Durham, N.C.) who won the gold medal in the men’s synchronized 10-meter competition at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


1. Chaunte Lowe, Track and Field
2. Kayla Harrison, Judo
3. Willow Koerber, Cycling


1. Kendrick Farris, Weightlifting
2. Myles Porter, Judo
3. Chris Solinsky, Track and Field


1. Bob and Mike Bryan, Tennis
2. Brady Ellison/Jennifer Nichols, Archery
3. David Boudia/Nick McCrory, Diving

About USA Cycling

Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 66,500+ licensees; 2,200 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,650 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org.

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Andrea Smith
Director of Communication
USA Cycling

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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