Lea Davison (Jericho, Vermont)
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Lea Davison and her sister, Sabra, found their love for athletics through downhill skiing and cross-country running. She won two high school state cross-country championships and a collegiate slalom skiing title for Middlebury College.
A natural-born athlete, she started mountain biking in high school and was seventh at the 2001 junior mountain bike world championships. As a collegiate athlete, she won both the short track and cross-country national championships in 2004. Her amazing run of high-level results continued after her collegiate years, as she came fourth in the cross-country event and third in short track at the 2008 national championships. Davison landed on the podium in the cross-country and Super D events at the 2011 national championships and later that year logged her first top-10 finish at worlds.
Davison and her sister direct a non-profit mentoring program called Little Bellas, which focuses on weekend mountain bike camps for girls. They expanded from a state-wide program, in Vermont, to a national program in 2010. They now operate a three-day program alongside the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. According to her biography on USA Cycling’s website, the objective of Little Bellas is to “help young women realize their potential through cycling.”