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.
Name: Simone Christensen Number in Rio: 210 Country: Denmark Result: out of the semi final
How big was your struggle even making it to the Olympics? Simone Christensen: I think I was pretty good to not worry too much about points during the races the year towards the Olympics.. so just did my best every time and tried to archive goals for every specific race.. but when I crashed and broke my collarbone in Papendal it started to get pretty exciting, as I couldn't go to the world championship and therefore lost a lot of world ranking points from the worlds 2015, where I had a lot! But luckily my good result during the year kept me in the spot for an Olympic place!
What were your personal goals two weeks before the Olympic race? Simone Christensen: It was to make the final! Couldn't dream of anything bigger than standing in an Olympic final!