Five lows from the 2012 mountain bike Olympics

  • By Emily Zinn
  • Published Aug. 28, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:39 PM EDT
Kulhavy shows off his bling and his kicks. Photo: Casey B. Gibson |

Highs and lows of the 2012 London Olympics

From the defending champion’s DNF to high-profile mechanicals, here’s to acknowledge the low moments from London 2012.

5. Low: Kulhavy’s blue boots

No doubt the most memorable image of the Olympic podium ceremony was one of blue boots and white shorts.

Perhaps the Olympic champion was prepared to go hose off his own and his teammates’ bikes immediately after he descended the purple steps, or perhaps the first thing an Olympic champion wants to do to celebrate the win is jump in a muddy puddle and get an unsettlingly white pair of shorts dirty.

Either way, that gold medal certainly thought to itself, ‘I had to get hung around this guy’s neck.’

We can laugh all we want, but at the end of the day who is the one wearing a gold medal? Most anyone would have given up their most prized possession to spend that day in his shoes.

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Emily Zinn

Emily Zinn

Emily Zinn spent her infancy in the back of a women's team van while the team built wheels around her. She spent part of her pre-teen years in Europe following the major European mountain, road and gravity races and touring cycling product factories. College was the first time she lived in a home without a frame building shop in her garage or basement. Her favorite style of riding is getting lost in singletrack trail networks and taking her time finding her way back.

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