Chicago Welcomes Home Its World Champions

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Courtesy USA Triathlon

The Chicago Blackhawk's aren't the only world champions in town anymore, now that Elizabeth Brackett of Chicago and Graciela Val of Evanston are back from the Triathlon world Championships in Budapest, Hungary.  

Brackett earned the Olympic-distance triathlon world titles in the female 65-69 and 70-74 age groups, respectively, last weekend at the 2010 ITU Triathlon World Championship in Budapest, Hungary.
 
Brackett, who won her second straight championship, covered the Olympic-distance course (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run) on Sunday, Sept. 12 in a time of 2 hours, 51 minutes, 6 seconds. Val posted a time of 3:05:28. The event featured a scenic racecourse with a swim just off the Danube River and bike and run courses throughout the center of the Hungarian capital.
 
Brackett's and Val's gold-medal performances were two of Team USA's combined total of 52 medals, including 15 gold, in the aquathlon, sprint triathlon and Olympic-distance triathlon world championship events last week in Budapest. Additionally, the standout U.S. paratriathletes added eight medals and three world championships on Sept. 11.
 
More than 400 Americans were in action on the international stage in Budapest, and 2,800 athletes from around the globe competed in the two age group triathlon events.

We have tried to contact Billy Dec to see if he will be hosting a party at one of his restaurants for people to line up and kiss both of our champs, but so far no response.

Option #2, let's all show our love to both of these champions and leave a few comments below for the both of them.

Congratulations and welcome home!

Parts of this story from USAT Press Release.
 

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