Finalization of the list of US Olympic cyclists with road, indoor, BMX and mountain teams
Posted On June 10, 2021
USA Cycling announced the last members of its Tokyo Olympic team on Thursday, compiling a list that could for the first time win medals in all four disciplines in a single match.
Olympic BMX racing champion in Rio Connor Champs, Chloe Dygert, road and track world champion, and 2018 mountain bike world champion Kate courtney all previously qualified on the basis of results in international competitions.
Dygert, returning from leg surgery after crashing into a guardrail during the time trial at the 2020 World Road Cycling Championships, is set to become the first U.S. cyclist to compete in multiple disciplines at the Olympic Games since Jeanne Golay in 1996.
In the new freestyle BMX event, 19 years old Hannah roberts won his third world title on Monday. Perris Benegas, the 2018 world champion, Justin dowell, the 2018 men’s world champion, and Nick bruce, the 2019 world bronze medalist, also qualified ahead of Thursday’s announcement based on international results.
The new team members announced Thursday included discretionary road and track selections.
The best American male road cyclists at recent Tours de France, Sepp kiss other Tejay van Garderen, are not part of the team. Kiss announced last month that he would skip the Tokyo Games. Van Garderen also withdrew from the Rio Olympic exam due to Zika virus issues when his wife was pregnant with their second child.
LIST: US athletes qualified for Tokyo Olympics in all sports