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Five highs from the 2012 mountain bike Olympics

3. High: The highest ever Olympic result for both U.S. men

With Todd Wells finishing 10th and U.S. cross-country champion Sam Schultz finishing 15th, the 2012 team representing the United States earned their stars and stripes in London.

Wells had already been tied with David “Tinker” Juarez for the nation’s highest Olympic result from his 19th place in the 2004 Athens games, and after a hard season that got off on the wrong foot, it was encouraging to see Wells on form.

Schultz was delighted with both his result and the experience of his first Olympic games.

“Everyone was super fired up, you could definitely tell. It was a different vibe on the start line than a normal World Cup, which is always super tense. This was definitely up a level, which is really cool.”

There is certainly lots more energy where that came from, and we can expect to see lots more from the young rookie.

Both Wells and Schultz post best ever men’s U.S. Olympic results >>