Two Previous Olympians Joined by Two First-Timers
USA Cycling has announced their selections for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. The team, made up of two women and two men, will include former Olympians Todd Wells (Specialized) and Georgia Gould (Luna) who will be joined by Olympic first timers Sam Schultz (Subaru/Trek) and Lea Davison (Specialized).
Gould was the only automatic selection based on her ranking inside the top-10 in the UCI world cup rankings. Wells, Schultz, and Davison were discretionary picks.
Georgia Gould had the highest placing for any American at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing taking 8th. Todd Wells finished 48th in 2008 and 19th at his first Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Gould undoubtedly has the clearest path to an Olympic medal after finishing 4th at the Nove Mesto world cup event this year and 6th at the most recent round in La Bresse, France.
No American mountain biker has won an Olympic medal since Susan DeMattei took the bronze medal at the 1996 games in Georgia.
Todd, Sam, Georgia, and Lea will be representing the United States at the London Olympics starting July 28th.