USOC Team of the Month

Athletes honored by USOC for outstanding performances in December

USOC January 14, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) announced cyclistKatie Compton and swimmer Ryan Lochte as its December Athletes of the Month, while the ice dancing duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White were awarded Team of the Month honors

Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won two World Cup titles and a national championship. The former world championship silver medalist started off the month with her seventh consecutive national title at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships in Bend, Ore., on December 12. The American champion immediately headed to Europe where she won her third UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup of the season on December 19 in Kalmthout, Belgium, and recorded her fourth World Cup win of 2010 in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium on December 26.

Compton, the current overall Cyclo-cross World Cup leader, now has her sights set on the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, which will take place January 29-30 in St. Wendel, Germany.

Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) won a total of six events - 200-meter free, 200m IM, 400m IM, 100m IM, 200m back and 4x100m medley - at the 2010 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships in Duabi, UAE, Dec. 15-19. With the relay, he broke the all-time SC Worlds medal record, and he broke world records with his wins in the 400m IM and the 200m IM, becoming the first swimmer to break an individual world record in the post high-tech suit era. He set American records in eight events (200m free, 200m back, 100m IM, 200m IM, 400m IM, 800m free relay, 400m free relay, 800m free relay). He also earned a silver medal in the 4x200m free relay. For his performance, Lochte was named best male swimmer of the championships.

Additionally, at the 2010 AT&T Short Course World Championships in Columbus, Ohio, December 2-4, Lochte placed third in the 200-yard back. He will be competing this weekend in the Austin Grand Prix, January 14-16 at the Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Davis (West Bloomfield, Mich.) and White (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) won the ice dancing gold medal at the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series Final in Beijing, China. The reigning two-time U.S. champions and 2010 Olympic silver medalists have won consecutive Grand Prix Final titles (2009, 2010), making them just the second ice dancing team, and first Americans, to repeat as champions at the competition. Russia's Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov, the 2006 Olympic gold medalists, won three in a row from 2003-05.

With the win, Davis and White have now medaled at 10 consecutive Grand Prix events dating back to 2007. They are now preparing for the 2011 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships January 22-30 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, N.C.

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