Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 18, 2007)--
The United States will compete in all Olympic disciplines of cycling – road, track, mountain bike and BMX – with a mixture of accomplished veterans and young talent.
In the mountain bike competition, defending Pan Am Games silver medalist Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass./Kenda-Seven) will be the sole women’s athlete.
Ranked sixth in the world, McConneloug’s participation in her second Pan Am Games will help the U.S. women retain its position near the top of the international rankings. Currently, the U.S. is ranked second to China.
With no international ranking implications for other disciplines, the U.S. will be sending a small road and track contingent that consists of Female Kim Geist (Emmaus, Pa./Team Lipton).
With only one women’s road spot qualified for the United States, Geist, 19, will compete in the time trial event. The 21-time USA Cycling Junior National Champion and two-time junior track world championship medalist will be making her Pan Am Games debut in 2007.
In the newest addition to the Pan Am Games program, athletes will represent the U.S. in BMX – Calif.), Krystal Hime (San Antonio, Texas) and Rachel Smith (Gahanna, Ohio).
The recent winner of the inaugural USA Cycling BMX National Championships on June 9, Hime is one of the top Olympic hopefuls for the United States and is currently the top-ranked American in the world in ninth. Smith is ranked 13th in the world and is one of the three women’s BMX athletes that has the United States ranked third in the world.
2007 Pan American Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Kim Geist (Emmaus, Pa.)
Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass.)
Krystal Hime (San Antonio, Texas)
Rachel Smith (Gahanna, Ohio)
About USA Cycling
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