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Name: Twan van Gendt Number in Rio: 148 Country: The Netherlands Result: 5th in semi
How tough was the competition in your country to get a spot on the Olympic team for Rio? Twan van Gendt: Well it was pretty tough. Jelle and I where the first nominated but due a lot of injuries I almost missed out on the Olympics. Making the main at the World Championships saved and secured my spot for the Olympics
Name: Stefany Hernández Number in Rio: 469 Country: Venezuela Result: Bronze Medal
How tough was the competition in your country to get a spot on the Olympic team for Rio? Stefany Hernández: The toughest competition was against myself. I was giving my best to get a spot for my country. I'm the only female rider.
Name: David Graf Number in Rio: 48 Country: Switzerland Result: 14 I think
How tough was the competition in your country to get a spot on the Olympic team for Rio? David Graf: It was probably the hardest one of all the countries this year. Between Renaud Blanc and myself. The fact we had to choose between World Cup ranked 4 and 5 after Papendal speaks a lot I guess.
What kind of preparation did you do with the National Olympic team before you took off to Brasil? David Graf: I stayed at home, followed my normal routine and tried to avoid the hype.
The track looked a bit different than at the test event(s). What did you like about the Olympic track and what did you think didn't work? David Graf: I liked everything but the first turn. It was probably the most fun track I've ridden in my career.
Elite Men: 1 Ariel Joao DA SILVA BRA 22 30 30 2 Renato REZENDE BRA 25 20 20 3 Felipe BRICK BRA 30 15 15 4 Guilherme BOURSCHEIDT BRA 23 10 10 5 Franklin VASCONCELOS VITOR BRA 19 8 8 6 Bruno ANDRADE COGO BRA 19 6 6 7 Edipo Galdino BONAPAZ BRA 27 4 4 8 DNF Leandro DA SILVA NORONHA JR BRA 19 2 2
Elite Women: 1 Priscilla STEVAUX CARNAVAL BRA 23 30 30 2 Julia ALVES DOS SANTOS BRA 20 20 20 3 Thaynara MOROSINI CHAVES BRA 21 15 15
Name: Laura Smulders Number in Rio: 110 Country: The Netherlands Result: 7th
Do you agree that the bronze medal of 2012 in London came a little as a surprise? Laura Smulders: Of course that bronze medal was a little bit of a surprise to me, I was only 18, had been training full time with the national team for one year at that point, and I still looked up to most of the riders that competed there. Nonetheless, I felt my absolute best racing in London, and was one of the fastest around the track, my first straight wasn’t strong enough in the semi finals, but I got it all together in the final and that was my best lap!
Name: Gabriela Diaz Number in Rio: 446 Country: Argentina Result: 10th place
"The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; the important thing in Life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
Name: Trent Jones Number in Rio: 279 Country: New Zealand Result: 13th
What kind of preparation did you do with the National Olympic team before you took off to Brasil? Trent Jones: Not a lot, seeing I employ a private coach, Sean Dwight. In which we had a plan to train in Chula Vista prior to the games. In which Connor Fields came back on board with training under Sean so we spent 8 solid weeks together knocking out the work that needed to be done to prepare.
Name: Joris Daudet Number in Rio: 33 Country: France Result: Quarter final
How big was your struggle even making it to the Olympics? Joris Daudet: It was not a big struggle for me, I had a good season with no injuries, so I knew a little bit before that I would be in the team.