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Five lows from the 2012 mountain bike Olympics

3. Low: Wloszczowska’s absence

The field of top female contenders thinned substantially when Maja Wloszczowska pulled out of the 2012 Olympics.

The 2008 silver medalist suffered a broken foot in a training ride in Italy and didn’t recover sufficiently by the time the race rolled around.

Ninth in the overall World Cup, Wloszczowska was on the World Cup podium twice this year, including the World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, which she won.

She was certainly a favorite for a London medal, and was a woman that Catharine Pendrel included in her list of seven women she considered her top competitors for a medal.

Her presence would likely have shaken up the race a great deal, and her absence was strongly felt.

Wloszczowska pulls out of Olympics with broken foot >>