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U.S. Triathlete Lindley Retires

November 19, 2002

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ U.S. triathlete Siri Lindley retired Monday.

The 33-year-old Lindley has been ranked No. 1 in the world the past two seasons.

``This has been the most fulfilling and exciting chapter of my life,″ Lindley said. ``The friendships formed, the memories made and who I am today will last forever.″

Lindley, of Boulder, Colo., turned pro in 1995 after finishing third in the world championships as an amateur. She failed to make the U.S. team for the Sydney Olympics in 2000, but bounced back to win the International Triathlon Union World Cup series and the world championship title the following year.

Lindley won her second consecutive World Cup series title this year.

``Siri has been a dominant triathlete over the last several years. We had great hopes for her as we approach Athens,″ USA Triathlon executive director Steve Locke said. ``However, there comes a time in everyone’s life when a reassessment takes place, and Siri has determined that retirement from elite status is the direction she wants to follow.″

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