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Olympics explained: Olympic cross-country medalists in London

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Aug. 2, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM EDT

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The 2012 London Olympic startlist includes a number of Olympic medalists.

The man to beat this year already has a bronze in his arsenal from 2008. Nino Schurter has topped the World Cup rankings and the number of World Cup wins this year and will be representing Switzerland in London.

2004 and 2008 gold medalist Julien Absalon will be riding for France. He won two World Cups, including Houffalize where Schurter came in second.

Absalon’s compatriot Jean-Christophe Péraud took a silver medal in 2008 and will also be on the French team.

2004 silver medalist José Antonio Hermida will be riding for Spain. He came in second in the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup.

The season’s leading lady, Canadian Catharine Pendrel has yet to score an Olympic medal.

However, the season’s second-ranked rider was the gold medalist in 2004, Norwegian Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå She won the World Cups in La Bresse and Val d’Isère and has been riding strong recently.

2004 silver medalist Marie-Hélène Prémont was not selected for the Canadian team. Emily Batty, who was second in Pietermaritzburg, was selected in stead.

2008 bronze medalist Irina Kalentieva will represent Russia.

2008 gold medalist and 2004 bronze medalist Sabine Spitz will represent Germany, although having not stood on a World Cup podium this year, the German in 14th in the World Cup seems like a long shot for a medal.

2008 silver medalist Maja Wloszczowska will not be representing Poland, due to an injury in training.

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