Strong Squad of London Olympic Medalists Lead the Charge
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Cycling Canada named its cycling team to represent Team Canada in all cycling disciplines at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.
“I am really excited to represent Canada for a third time at the Olympic Games.
Among the elite group of cyclists nominated are Olympic medallists Tara Whitten and Jasmin Glaesser as well as returning London 2012 team members Catharine Pendrel, Laura Brown, Emily Batty, Tory Nyhaug and Monique Sullivan. The team also includes Georgia Simmerling, who competed in alpine skiing at Vancouver 2010 and ski cross at Sochi 2014. She looks to become the first Canadian athlete to compete in a different sport at each of three Olympic Games.
“I am really excited to represent Canada for a third time at the Olympic Games. I am always proud to wear the maple leaf and will do my best to put it on the podium where it belongs. We have an incredibly strong and cohesive team headed to Rio. I know we will all give our best and make Canada proud,” said Two-Time World Mountain Bike Champion Catharine Pendrel.
Olympic Bronze Medallist in Track Cycling Jasmin Glaesser, commented: “We have proven ourselves to be contenders for the top step of the podium at every competition we have attended since London 2012 and I fully expect us to be ready to challenge for the gold in Rio.
I couldn’t be more proud to work with such a phenomenal team on and off the bike
“Though most will only see the four riders on the start line, this team and our ultimate performance will be a testament to the relentless dedication on the part of our staff and partners that have worked tirelessly to provide us with all the tools and resources necessary to pursue our goals. I couldn’t be more proud to work with such a phenomenal team on and off the bike and it’s because of you that we will be able to take to the boards in Rio confident, knowing that our best is yet to come.”
The athletes earned their spots as part of a two-year qualification process during which their accumulated ranking points qualified Canada for the Games in each discipline. After an extensive review of international performances, physiological data analysis and other determining factors, the High Performance Committee selected the nominated athletes to compete at the Games.
All of the Canadian cyclists will participate in various pre-Games preparation camps and competitions. These include the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne (QC), a Track Olympic training camp in Milton (ON), a BMX Canada Cup race in Toronto (ON), and various races for the road cyclists.
The Rio 2016 cycling competitions will take place at various venues. Road cycling will be held on August 6 and 7 at Fort Copacabana and August 10 in Pontal. Track cycling events will be held at the Rio Olympic Velodrome, August 11-15. The BMX competition will take place at the Olympic BMX Centre, August 17-19, followed by the mountain bike races August 20-21 at the Mountain Bike Centre.
Canadian Olympic Cycling Team
Emily Batty Brooklin, ON, Mountain Bike
Allison Beveridge, Calgary, AB, Track Cycling
Laura Brown, Vancouver, BC, Track Cycling
Karol-Ann Canuel, Gatineau, QC, Road Cycling
Jasmin Glaesser, Vancouver, BC, Track Cycling
Leah Kirchmann, Winnipeg, MB, Road Cycling
Kirsty Lay, Montreal, QC, Track Cycling
Kate O’Brien, Calgary, AB, Track Cycling
Catharine Pendrel, Kamloops, BC, Mountain Bike
Georgia Simmerling, West Vancouver, BC, Track Cycling
Monique Sullivan, Calgary, AB, Track Cycling
Tara Whitten, Calgary, AB, Road Cycling