Gould sticking to the plan for worlds after Olympic success

  • By Ari Baquet
  • Published Sep. 6, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:39 PM EDT
Georgia Gould on the lip of Triple Trouble at Hadleigh Farm. Photo: Casey B. Gibson |

Georgia Gould (Luna Chix) has had, by almost any measure, a stellar 2012 season.

The four-time national cross-country champion (in 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2012, with a short track title in 2009) built off her two podium finishes in UCI World Cup races this year to win the bronze medal in this year’s London Olympics. In doing so, she shook off the specters of flat tires and muscle cramps that have dogged her previous international campaigns.

Her success in the Olympic cross-country race on August 11 begs the question: what changes did she have to make to go from being an elite World Cup athlete to being an Olympic medalist?

Simply put, nothing changed.

“I guess I’ve kind of known that that was possible for a few years now,” Gould told “Just sort of a question of putting everything together, you know?”

Gould spoke with about just what elements came together for her outstanding race in London.

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