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Greg Bennett to switch allegiances to US to support Laura for upcoming Olympics

Posted May 24 2010 11:44am

BennettsCover1 As you may, or perhaps may not now know, Boulder, Colorado based professional triathlete Greg Bennett is from Australia while his wife is from the United States.

In a statement released today by Triathlon Australia, the Aussie sports federation said it has released Bennett, who has both a U.S. and Australian citizenship,  from obligations in representing Australia.

"Laura and I have built our careers together for the past 11 years, leaning on each other constantly for support in coaching and mentoring," Bennett said in statement.

"I would like to be with her for her final Olympic journey and I cannot do this as well as I would like unless I can be fully part of her team," he added.

Bennett intends to support his wife's bid to make the U.S. Olympic team and compete for the United States at the 2012 London Olympics.

However it remains unclear if Bennett himself, who still trains and races, intends to try out for the U.S. Olympic team as well.

According to USA Today :

"Bennett has competed in more than 80 World Cup events, with 26 podium finishes for six wins and two world series titles. He finished fourth in 2004 at Athens, the best result by an Australian male triathlete at an Olympic Games."

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