US cyclist Sarah Hammer is bringing home another silver medal after finishing second to Great Britain’s Laura Trott in the omnium at the London Olympics.
Hammer was leading before the final of six events that make up the omnium, but the 500-meter time trial is not her best event. She lost to Trott by one point in the overall standings.
The 28-year-old told USA Today:
“There’s always things coulda-woulda hoped for, but that is the nature of the omnium. I gave it my best shot on every single (race). And that’s why I get to have this around my neck right now.”
As the track cycling events draw to a close, the hometown British team absolutely dominated the contests with 7 gold medals, as well as a silver and a bronze.
Although the US track cyclists never reached the top step of the podium, the women won silver in two events — the omnium and team pursuit. That’s a better showing than in Beijing in 2008, where the US didn’t win any medals in the 10 track cycling events.
On Saturday, the Temecula, California, cyclist was part of the US women’s crew that won Olympic silver in the team pursuit in track cycling. That team, also comprised of Kirkland’s Jennie Reed, Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif.) and Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, NC), finished second to Great Britain.
In other cycling, US cyclist Kristin Armstrong won a gold medal in women’s time trial last week, and Taylor Phinney finished just out of medal contention in 4th place in the men’s road race and time trial events.