Five highs from the 2012 mountain bike Olympics

  • By Emily Zinn
  • Published Aug. 29, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:39 PM EDT
The U.S. men both had strong races. Photo: Graham Watson |

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 >>

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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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