Congratulations to US cyclist Georgia Gould, who is bringing home the bronze medal in Olympic mountain biking after trailing gold medal winner Julie Bresset of France.
The Fort Collins, Colorado, mountain biker missed a silver medal by just 6 seconds, but couldn’t close the gap to Sabine Spitz of Germany. Bresset, 23, won by 1:02 on the 4.7k course at Hadleigh Farms.
Trailing Spitz for much of the race, Gould passed Spitz when the German crashed over her handlebars on the rocky section known as Deane’s Drop on the fourth lap. Spitz recovered, however, to outpace Gould.
Gould is the first American woman to win a medal in Olympic mountain biking since Susan DeMattei won the bronze at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 — the first year it was recognized as an Olympic sport.
Gould was quoted at VeloNews.com:
“At the beginning I was kind of in the back. It took me a while to get up to the front and I had a really bad start, and then I finally caught up to that lead group. I was lucky that they were playing cat and mouse a little bit because it took me a while to move up.”
Originally from Baltimore, Gould is 32. She has won multiple national championships in mountain biking and also has won the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross numerous times.
The men take to the mountain biking course on Sunday.
So far, US women have won 1 gold in road cycling, 2 silvers in track cycling, and this bronze in mountain biking. Both the men and women were shut out in the BMX racing events.