Eric Piscopo was ranked 8th in the Male Triathlon 50 to 54 category for North Americans an 2nd in the Canadians list.
While the athletic accomplishments of pros like two-time Ironman Hawaii champion Tim DeBoom are a testament to the strength and resilience of the human body, what amateur triathletes manage to achieve - usually while holding down full-time jobs and raising families - is no less remarkable.
Every season hundreds of age-group athletes produce performances that are no less heroic for the lack of fanfare that accompanies them. Athletes like Florida's 61-year-old Bruce Buchanan, who overcame injury to achieve greatness, and Julie Swail, who juggles a demanding job as the coach of the UC Irvine water polo team, squeezing in her training when she can. On these pages you'll find our salute to these unsung stars.
To make the All-Americans list, athletes had to do well at the big events: the ITU World Championships, USAT nationals and Ironman Hawaii, for triathlon; and, in duathlon, the short-course worlds, U.S. nationals and Powerman Zofingen.
The factors we take into consideration include head-to-head competition, the depth of the fields and the time differences between finishers. The most difficult decisions usually involve a scenario like this: there's one spot left and we're trying to choose between an athlete who finished fifth in his age-group at nationals and another who finished 15th in his age-group (but was the fifth American) in Hawaii. Those are the really hard picks. But when faced with so much talent, courage and just plain guts, there are few easy choices.