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Cycling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Mountainbike, Cross-Country

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Parnitha Olympic Mountain Bike Venue, Akharnes
Date Started: August 27, 2004
Date Finished: August 27, 2004
Format: 31.3 km. (19.4 miles).

Gold: NOR Gunn Rita Dahle-Flesjå
Silver: CAN Marie-Hélène Prémont
Bronze: GER Sabine Spitz

Summary

Since the 2000 Olympics, Norwegian Gunn Rita Dahle had established herself as the best women mountain biker in the world. She won the World Championship in 2002 and 2004, and the European Championshisp in 2002-2004. In 2003 she won all five of the World Cup races, extending a streak she had begun in 2002 to eight consecutive wins in the World Cup. She was likely the heaviest favorite in any cycling race in Athina. The course was five laps after a start loop, covering a total of 31.3 km. Dahle went right to the front of the pack, and by the end of the first lap had opened a 32-second lead over Canadian Marie-Hélène Prémont. Dahle had the fastest split time on four of the five laps and won by 59 seconds over Prémont. Dahle continued her winning ways at the 2005 and 2006 World Championships. Before her major successes, Dahle had been struggling with anorexia.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Gunn Rita Dahle-Flesjå 31 Norway NOR Gold 1-56:51
2 Marie-Hélène Prémont 26 Canada CAN Silver 1-57:50
3 Sabine Spitz 32 Germany GER Bronze 1-59:21
4 Alison Sydor 37 Canada CAN 1-59:47
5 Elsbeth van Rooy-Vink 31 Netherlands NED 2-01:41
6 Maja Włoszczowska 20 Poland POL 2-02:08
7 Ivonne Kraft 34 Germany GER 2-05:18
8 Laurence Leboucher 32 France FRA 2-05:34
9 Mary McConneloug 33 United States USA 2-06:12
10 Lisa Mathison 19 Australia AUS 2-07:01
11 Anna Szafraniec 23 Poland POL 2-07:44
12 Jimena Florit 32 Argentina ARG 2-08:42
13 Irina Kalentyeva 26 Russia RUS 2-08:57
14 Bärbel Jungmeier 29 Austria AUT 2-09:22
15 Kiara Bisaro 28 Canada CAN 2-09:50
16 Robyn Wong 33 New Zealand NZL 2-10:59
17 Ma Yanping 27 China CHN 2-13:18
18 Jaqueline Mourão 28 Brazil BRA 2-13:52
19 Katrin Leumann 22 Switzerland SUI 2-16:07
20 Maria Östergren 26 Sweden SWE 2-16:16
21 Jenny McCauley 30 Ireland IRL at 1 lap
22 Yukari Nakagome 38 Japan JPN at 1 lap
23 Karen Matamoros 21 Costa Rica CRC at 1 lap
24 Elina Sofokleous 25 Cyprus CYP at 2 laps
AC Marga Fullana 32 Spain ESP DNF
AC Magdalena Sadłecka 22 Poland POL DNF
AC Barbara Blatter 33 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Mette Andersen 30 Denmark DEN DNF
AC Paola Pezzo 35 Italy ITA DNF
AC Janka Števková 28 Slovakia SVK DNF