Krayzelburg garners USOC Athlete of the Month award

Lenny Krayzelburg, the USOC's Athlete of the Month, will be competing at the FINA Short Course World Championships in Athens, Greece, March 16 - 19
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - (March 10, 2000) The United States Olympic Committee has named) swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Olympic marathon runner Christine Clark (Anchorage, Alaska as Athletes of the Month for March, and the Women's Bobsled Team as its Team of the Month winner.

Clark, who upset a highly talented field to win the Women's Olympic Marathon Trials, won the award by receiving 24 voting points. Krayzelburg, who led the FINA 1999-2000 World Cup Series in February, received 31 points. The Women's Bobsled Team brought home the silver medal from the Women's World Bobsled Championships in Winterburg, Germany to capture 28 voting points and win the team award.

Clark posted a personal best time of 2:33.31 at the Olympic Marathon Trials held February 26 in Columbia, S.C. Dr. Christine Clark is a pathologist and is the first U.S. female track-and-field athlete to qualify for the 2000 Olympic Games. This is Clark's first Athlete of the Month award.

Krayzelburg won the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke categories and finished second in the 50m backstroke in the FINA World Cup Series. He broke world records twice in February in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstrokes.

This is also Krayzelburg's first-ever Athlete of the Month Award. He will be competing in the FINA short-course championships in Athens, Greece, March 16 - 19.

Receiving second place was Chris Waddell (Park City, Utah) in alpine skiing. He received a total of 19 points. Waddell won one gold and two silver medals at the World Championships in Anzere, Switzerland in disabled alpine skiing. He took home the gold in the slalom event, silver in the giant slalom and downhill and bronze in the Super G.

Besides winning the silver medal at the Women's World Championships, the Women's Bobsled Team took the gold at the Final World Cup event, leaving them the No. 1-ranked bobsled team in the world.

Team driver Jean Racine (Waterford, Mich.) is also ranked the No. 1 driver in the world. Her brakeman is Jennifer Davison (Layton, Utah).

By closing out its 2000 Winter European Tour with a perfect 7-0 record after besting top European national and professional teams, the USA Basketball Women's National Team won runner-up to the Women's Bobsled Team with 18 total points.

The team outscored opponents by nearly 13 points a game and out-rebounded opponents by more than 14 rebounds a game. The Women's National Team closed out the tour with an 89 - 68 victory over Beretta Famila Schio in Italy.

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