Saturday, August 4, 2012

Olympics: Women's Team Pursuit Bronze!

CHAPEAU! LADIES!



Chapeau! to the Canadian cycling program and especially to the three heroines: Tara Whitten, Gillian Carleton and Jasmin Glasesser for riding an awesome bronze medal performance in the women's 3 km Team Pursuit.

If you missed it, here is their wonderful ride beating the Aussies for Olympic glory.

It's historical, their or I mean our collective victory as Canada's second Olympic women's cycling medal since Lori-Ann Muenzer winning the gold in the women's sprint at Athens 2004. Tara Whitten is the 32-year old two time world track cycling champion, literally putting in heavy pulls up front. Gillian Carleton, 22-years old is fortunate just to start...

Eight months ago, Carleton fractured her pelvis in a World Cup points race in Kazakhstan and thought her Olympic dream was over. During that race, she completed 8-laps with her fractured pelvis! Fast forward to today's race her toughness was part of the overall strength of the Canadian trio. The youngest is the German born 20 year old Glasesser, who only got her Canadian citizenship last year.

Amazingly the trio was fourth in the team pursuit the day before and found the fortitude to rebound from a tough start.

For Tara Whitten, the two-time Omnium world champion, will get ready for the women's Omnium starting Monday... perhaps another medal?


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