Two Gold Medals for Team USA at Track World Cup in LA
First, Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, Minn./Rally Cycling), Chloe Dygert (Bremerton, Wash./Sho-Air TWENTY 20), Kimberly Geist (Emmaus, Penn./PA Masters p/b Piscitello Law) and Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif.) won gold in the team pursuit on Saturday and then Dygert added another gold to her hardware collection on Sunday when she set a track record and collected the win in the individual pursuit.
After qualifying in first on Friday and then beating out Italy in round one on Saturday, the American squad was a favorite heading into the gold medal team pursuit final on Saturday night. Catlin, Dygert, Geist, and Valente posted a time of 4:19.990 to beat New Zealand in the final and take the top step of the podium.
“We didn’t field a team at the first three World Cups and there’s kind of a lull after the Olympics. We came back for this home World Cup and really wanted to show what we can do a year later. And, we did that. We came out strong and showed what we’re capable of,” said Valente.
“Two things are really special about this,” Valente continued. “Number one, it’s the only opportunity we will have to race in the World Championship stripes, which is something that is special for anybody. Then, being at a home World Cup is incredible.”
A day after collecting gold with her teammates, Chloe Dygert qualified in first place for the individual pursuit on Sunday morning. Her fast time of 3:28.775 set a new track record and earned her a spot in the gold medal final against Australian Ashlee Ankudinoff.
In the final later Sunday evening, Dygert improved on her fast time to set another track record in 3:28.431. Her smoking fast pace was too much for the Australian, and the 20-year-old American had a substantial advantage as she came to the end of the 3,000 meter contest. It was her first three-kilometer individual pursuit.
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Zak Kovalcik (Portland, Ore./Toronto Hustle) was 16th in the men’s scratch race on Saturday.
Madalyn Godby (Louisville, Colo.) and Mandy Marquardt (Allentown, Pa./Team Novo Nordisk) were 10th in team sprint qualification on Friday night and did not advance to round one. Marquardt then went on to contest the women’s sprint on Sunday where she advanced as far as the 1/8 finals before being eliminated.
Dana Feiss (Colorado Springs, Colo./Star Track Racing) placed sixth in round one of the women’s keirin on Saturday morning and placed fourth in the repechage to narrowly miss the opportunity to advance.
Dominic Suozzi was fourth in round one of the men’s keirin on Sunday and placed third in his repechage to end his competition.
Kimberly Geist and Kimberly Zubris (Alburtis, Pa./Long Tail Creative) placed tenth in women’s Madison on Sunday night.
Missy Erickson (Mertztown, Pa./BIG Picture Cycling/ Mission Possible 2020) competed in the women’s scratch race on Sunday night but a disappointing crash in the final laps left her out of contention.
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