Cyclist hopes to follow in mom’s footsteps and medal at Games

By Michael Kerkhoff  |  BSU at the Games

Taylor Phinney’s life revolves around cycling. As a member of Team USA, he is following in the footsteps of his parents. Both were Olympic cyclists, with his mom winning a medal.

Phinney, from Boulder, Colo., nearly matched his mom on Saturday in the road race with a fourth-place finish, but his better event—the time trials—starts tomorrow.

“Some would call fourth place the worst (place) to arrive at the Olympics, but I won’t focus on that,” Phinney said after the road race Saturday.

Today, Phinney will take off by himself on the 44 km time trials event. Phinney likes his chances.

“The TT course is a little bit bumpy, as in the roads are bumpy, but that is fine,” he said. “I myself am a fan of cobbles, and they aren’t quite as bumpy as cobbles.”

Phinney was proud of his finish in the road race and thankful for the team helping him get there. At the Beijing Olympics he finished seventh in the track individual pursuit. But with switching disciplines from track to road, he has multiple chances to medal. And with a little help from the injured Fabian Cancellara, defending time trial gold medalist, Phinney’s chances are looking up.

Phinney is hoping to follow fellow American Levi Leipheimer, who took the bronze medal in Beijing. With the crowd cheering, will Phinney power through?

“The crowds were so loud,” Phinney said. “It kind of hit me that this is the Olympics and I’m going for a medal right now.”

Michael Kerkhoff is a senior sport administration major at Ball State University covering sports for BSU at the Games. Follow Michael and the BSU team at @bsuatthegames and www.facebook.com/bsuatthegames.

Author: ColleenSteffen

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