Meet Chicago Athlete Ambassador Jasmin Welter

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Jasmin is originally from Germany, she moved to Chicago 8 years ago and freelances as a copywriter and marketing strategies for many bike and outdoor companies. She has been an athlete most of her life,  grew up playing Basketball and ran track. After her big moved to the states, she got into biking and running which let her to triathlons. She did a few triathlons, but a series of injuries forced her to stop doing multisport events and she settled for biking.
 
She describes herself as an avid cyclist and loves bike racing. She has spent most of the pandemic e-racing with Team Saris + The Pro’s closet. She believes that e-racing has been a great discipline and distraction during the pandemic. According to Jasmin, E-racing has grown significantly in the past year and is super competitive, mainly because it is so globally accessible. There are many platforms like Zwift and RGT among others.  
 
We welcomed Jasmin to Chicago Athlete Magazine as one of our new ambassadors and look forward to learning more about e-racing in the process.
 
 if you’re interested in reading more about e-racing, check out Jasmin’s article :  https://zwiftinsider.com/uci-results-womens/ and  https://www.saris.com/post/blog-virtual-world-real-opportunity-women-esports

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Erika has been an endurance athlete for over 20 years. She fell in love with running in her 20’s in graduate school, working full time and being a single mother. Running became time for reflection. She has run over 30 marathons and countless triathlons; qualified for 70.3 World championships. To qualify for Kona is her next goal! She loves being a mom to a wonderful young lady and a fur puppy (cocker spaniel). Travel and exploring new places to train around the world is a passion. She is a licensed clinical counselor who specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma. She spent 15 years in academia and has recently taken a role as a clinical director to focus on her clinical work. Erika believes in the therapeutic benefits of endurance training for people who struggle with mental health illness and stress. She is patiently waiting until we can all travel and race safely again, until then she recommends staying active, healthy. and consistent.

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