U.S. Olympic Track Cycling Team announced

  
  


(March 18, 2016) – The first members of the 2016 Olympic Summer Games cycling team were named on Friday, as the USA Cycling Selection Committee filled six of the team’s seven track cycling slots.
 
Hammer, Valente, Winder, Dygert and Catlin (l to r) celebrate their women's team pursuit world championship.
Sarah Hammer, Jennifer Valente, Ruth Winder, Chloe Dygert and Kelly Catlin (l to r) will represent Team USA in the women's team pursuit. (photo by Casey B. Gibson)

“We have some of the world’s best track athletes, and I can’t wait to see them in action in Rio,” said USA Cycling CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. “Our athletes represented themselves and their country with distinction at the recent World Championships, and we will carry that momentum into the Olympics.”
 
Sarah Hammer (Colorado Springs, Colo.), the team’s lone automatic qualifier, punched her ticket to Rio on March 6 with her omnium bronze medal win at the 2016 UCI World Championships in London. Hammer went double silver in the women’s team pursuit and omnium at the 2012 Olympic Games after finishing fifth in the individual pursuit in 2008.
 
Coming off their 2016 women’s team pursuit world championship win, Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, Minn./NorthStar Development), Chloe Dygert (Brownsburg, Ind./TWENTY16 p/b SHO-AIR), Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./TWENTY16 p/b SHO-AIR), Ruth Winder (Lafayette, Calif./UnitedHealthcare) and Hammer look to finish what they started at World Championships by topping rivals Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Great Britain on the sports biggest stage.

On the men’s side, Matt Baranoski (Perkasie, Pa./Custom Velo) will represent Team USA in the keirin.
 
Baranoski in round one of the men's keirin
Matt Baranoski will race the men's keirin in Rio. (photo by Casey B. Gibson)

The men’s omnium slot will be filled no later than April 1 pending the result of Bobby Lea’s (Mertztown, Pa./Custom Velo) selection arbitration hearing.
 
All nominations to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

Track cycling at the 2016 Olympic Games runs Aug. 11-16 at the Rio Olympic Velodrome in Barra.
 
Women’s Team 
Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, Minn./NorthStar Development): Team Pursuit; 

Chloe Dygert (Brownsburg, Ind./TWENTY16 p/b SHO-AIR): Team Pursuit

Sarah Hammer (Colorado Springs, Colo.): Omnium*, Team Pursuit

Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./TWENTY16 p/b SHO-AIR): Team Pursuit
Ruth Winder (Lafayette, Calif./UnitedHealthcare): Team Pursuit
 
Men’s Team
Matt Baranoski (Perkasie, Pa./Custom Velo): Keirin
Men’s omnium will be decided by April 1
 
*automatic qualification

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