Right about now the four United States cyclists who arrived in Beijing Wednesday wearing black masks, must be kicking themselves. Their choice to don the black masks, intended to protect athletes from the extremely high levels of pollution in Beijing, has apparently upset the host country, and in turn the United States Olympic Committee.Track cyclists Mike Friedman, Sarah Hammer, Bobby Lea and Jennie Reed have since apologized for their actions, saying their choice to wear the masks was in no...Read Full Story
Chalk this up one up in the "Oh Hell Yeah" section of your score cards: Taylor Phinney's 3000-meter individual pursuit short course sprint time of 3 minutes 16.65 seconds is a new junior world record. As you might recall, Phinney, competing in just his 7th race, defeated Holland's Jenning Huizenga to take his first World Cup victory. That was in January of 2008 and it seems as though the 17-year-old from Boulder, Colorado just keeps getting faster. In fact, it stands to reason that by the...Read Full Story
All over the world Olympic trials are taking place in a number of different events. Recently, trials for wrestling, judo and the new cycling event BMX came and went. Check out the pictures, and absorb the greatness that is the upcoming Olympic games. Click on the image to go to the event's gallery.Andrew Bisek (blue, near mat) is pinned by Cheney Haight (red) as Kevin Lozano ( red, far mat) is thrown by Jess Hargrave (blue) in the preliminary matches during the USA Olympic trials for...Read Full Story
5 facts about Taylor Phinney. 1) His mother was the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in cycling and his father was the first American to win a stage in the Tour de France. 2) He lives in Boulder, Colorado and turns 18 on June 27, 2008. 3) His first Olympic competition is the Individual Pursuit where to riders start on opposite sides of the track and race 16 laps – first rider to complete the 16 laps or catch the other rider wins. 4) He is the defending Junior World Champion in the...Read Full Story
The cycling competition at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics will be held from August 9 to August 23 at the Laoshan Velodrome, Laoshan Mountain Bike Course, Laoshan BMX Field and the Beijing Cycling Road Course.