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For the first time, an athlete with a disability will be competing against able-bodied peers at the 2007 Nautica New York City Triathlon, which will take place Sunday, July 22. Based on her performance in the 2006 NYC triathlon as well as other triathlon results in 2006, Amy Palmiero-Winters of Hicksville, a member of Team A Step Ahead, will be competing in the elite amateur women's division.

In order to qualify for this elite division, a female triathlete must have completed a U.S.A.T. Olympic distance triathlon under 2:35 in the past 24 months. Palmiero-Winters completed the 2006 New York City triathlon in 2:25:24, placing second out of 13 athletes with below the knee amputations, nine of whom were male. In comparing Palmerio-Winters' time to all able-bodied triathletes in her age category, she would have placed fourth in this category against 220 other athletes. In addition to Palmiero-Winters, Team A Step Ahead will be represented by eight other triathletes, including four finishers of the Ironman Triathlon, at the 2007 Nautica New York City Triathlon.

Palmiero-Winters is the current world record holder in both Olympic distance triathlon (2:25) and marathon (3:04) for female below knee amputees and the fastest amputee marathoner in the U.S. For the past two years, she has won the International Triathlon Union World Championships in Switzerland and was named United States Triathlon Physically Challenged Female Athlete of the Year for 2006. She was nominated for the 2006 ESPY award for best female athlete with a disability and featured in the May issue of Runners World. Amy can be found online at seeamyrun.com.

The Nautica New York City Triathlon is one of the premier Olympic distance triathlons in the United States with over 4,500 participants registered including internationally ranked professional triathletes. More than 50 athletes with physical disabilities will be competing in the physically challenged division._

Team A Step Ahead is a team of amputee athletes from around the world who compete in events including the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, multiple marathons, road races around the world and the Paralympic Games. Team A Step Ahead's members have been very competitive against able-bodied athletes, placing and wining age group awards. These elite athletes hold or have held world records in the 100m, 200m, 400m, track and field events, marathons and triathlons. Athletes receive training from coaches, prosthetists and physical therapists who are experts in working with amputee athletes, including world record holding Paralympians. The company's motto is "Live Life Without Limitations."

For additional information on Team A Step Ahead visit www.astepaheadonline.com


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