Silver Medal for USA in Women's Team Pursuit in Rio
“I’m still so proud of the team and what we accomplished. We wanted gold, but you know what, we went out there and rode our bikes,” Hammer said afterwards “I feel like we’re kind of like the little team that could going against the big ole’ machine of Great Britain… you can still go for it and try to win. That’s what we tried to do and we came up short today but it was a heck of a ride.”
After qualifying with the second fastest time on Thursday, the American foursome faced Australia in round one on Saturday morning. It was a world record setting day as the reigning world champion team of Hammer, Catlin, Dygert, and Valente first set a new world record of 4:12.282 when they beat Australia to make it to the final round. Then moments later that record fell again as Great Britain beat Canada in their round one heat with a time of 4:12.152.
Canada came in third after beating New Zealand in the bronze medal match.
For Hammer, who is now a three-time Olympic silver medalist, Rio is her third Olympic Games. Teammate Dygert, who is relatively new to the cycling world, values Hammer’s leadership and experience saying,
“I’m not really familiar with the cycling world and I came to the track kind of clueless as well. It’s nice having Sarah to give me all her experience. I couldn’t be more thankful for that. She was there for my first day on the track bike to help me with my exchanges, with pulling, and with being in an aero position.”
“It’s very, very exciting to be a part of this young squad,” Hammer added. “By your third Olympic Games, you don’t get excited about certain things because you’re just used to them. Seeing the spark in their eyes, the excitement that they see, it’s something that I get to relive over again.”
Up next for American cyclists will be the men’s omnium which begins with the scratch race, pursuit, and elimination race on Sunday. Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa.) is set to don the red, white and blue for the event when racing begins tomorrow at 9:20 a.m. ET.
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