Following Great Britain’s gold medal-winning ride in the team sprint at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, one of their members, Jamie Staff, decided to seek out a new challenge for himself and coach the Americans in the very discipline he excelled at.
In Part 1 of this in-depth interview with VeloNews, Staff muses on missing the cut in the team sprint on Wednesday, which effectively ruled the United States out of the event in London, and focusing on the match sprint events over the next two days, where Team USA is virtually guaranteed a place at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Once you’ve watched Part 1, be sure to check out Part 2: Beyond our own limits
Realizing life in advertising was nothing like Mad Men and buoyed by the Olympic Games in his Australian hometown of Sydney, Anthony Tan turned his back on a lucrative copywriting career in 2000 in pursuit of something more cerebral. Combining wordsmithing with his experiences as an A-Grade club racer and an underwhelming season competing in Europe, a career as a cycling scribe beckoned… More than a dozen Grand Tours and countless Classics later, it’s where he still is today. He has been a contributor to VeloNews since 2006. In 2010, he won Cycling Australia’s media award for best story. Follow him on Twitter: @anthony_tan