Lifted Embargo Lands Northland Athlete in Cuba Competition

January 16, 2015 10:29 PM

A Northland athlete is one of 25 others in the United States set to make history when they travel to compete in a Cuba triathlon next week. 


Jessica Rossing, a trainer with Evolve Duluth, was selected for the swimming, biking and running race in late December, and although she's competed in countless other triathlons, she said she's been rushing to prepare for the Jan. 25 race in Havana. 

"I feel really honored," Rossing said. "I think it's really cool to have this experience and to go down there."

Friday marked the beginning of new rules allowing U.S. Citizens to visit Cuba without special permits. This came after President Barack Obama announced his intentions to lift a half-century embargo between the countries. 

These triathletes will be some of the first Americans to visit the country after the change.  


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