American para-cyclists perform well in 2012 Paralympic Games
The para-cyclists from the United States of America earned a staggering 17 cycling medals in road and track at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. That total is more than any country other than the host country, Great Britain, which collected 22 medals. The American para-cyclists earned six gold medals, five silver medals and six bronze medals. America claimed a total of 98 medals (31 gold, 29 silver, 38 bronze) throughout the Paralympic Games, the sixth-most of any country.
Marianna Davis (Salt Lake City, Utah) collected three gold medals, Megan Fisher (Missoula, Mont.) and Joseph Berenyi (Oswego, Ill.) each scored one gold and one silver medal, Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned a gold medal and two bronze medals, Monica Bascio (Evergreen, Colo.) took home a pair of silver medals and Kelly Crowley (Redwood City, Calif.) rode away with a pair of bronze medals. Additionally, Jennifer Schuble (Homewood, Ala.) won a silver medal while Oscar Sanchez (San Diego, Calif.) collected gold and bronze medals. The team of Berenyi, Sam Kavanagh (Coram, Mont.) and Schuble collected a bronze medal in the mixed team event.
Track cycling served as the first discipline of the Games and the U.S. won five medals in the velodrome. Jones struck early, collecting the first medal among any American competitor, when she earned a bronze medal in the individual pursuit. Jones, who also competes in alpine skiing, defeated Denise Schindler (GER) to earn the sixth Paralympic medal of her career. Fisher maintained the American momentum when she earned a silver medal in the C4 individual pursuit, falling to Susan Powell (AUS) in the finals. Berenyi posted the Americans’ first cycling gold when he won the men’s C3 individual pursuit, finishing with a time of 3:37.912. Schuble earned a silver medal in the women’s individual C4-5 time trial when she completed 500 meters in 37.941. She added a bronze medal when she joined Berenyi and Kavanagh to complete the mixed C1-5 team sprint in 52.749.
In the road events, the Americans earned five gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze medals. The Americans finished first and second in the women’s individual H1-3 road race as Davis finished 33 seconds ahead of silver-medalist Bascio. Davis also struck gold in the women’s individual H 1-2 time trial and teamed up with Sanchez and Matt Updike (Denver, Colo.) to win the mixed H1-4 team relay when they completed the nine-lap, 18-kilometer course in 30:07.
The Americans continued flexing their muscles on the road as Jones won the women’s individual C 1-3 time trial while Fisher took the top spot in the women’s individual C4 time trial. Berenyi’s silver medal was in the men’s individual C4 time trial after he completed the course in 23:31.73. Bascio’s silver medal rewarded her performance in the women’s individual H3 time trial. Crowley added a pair of bronze medals to the Americans’ road haul. Crowley placed third in the women’s individual C4-5 road race and the women’s individual C5 time trial. Sanchez added a bronze medal in the men’s individual H4 time trial while Jones collected a bronze in the women’s individual C1-3 road race.
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