Another Olympic gold medal has been won and this time the honor goes to cycling machine Marianna Vos. The Dutch cyclist certainly has something to celebrate tonight.
Vos is now an Olympic road race champ. I like to call her queen of the road after what I saw. Marianna sprinted her way to the gold as she dominated Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead in a two-up sprint. It was a victory that the pro cyclo-cross, road bicycle racer and track racer had to fight for against not only Armitstead but Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia and American Shelley Olds as well. However as the four were battling it out Olds had to drop out because of puncture leaving the other three fighting for medals.
Marianna had this to say about her the race and her win.
“The only thing I thought was, I’ve got to cross the line first. That’s what’s simple about cycling, but in the end, it’s very tough. We made it a tough race. There were not so many countries who also attacked, but we did very well to make the race aggressive. We were four, but then Olds punctured, then we were all riding for a medal, and that’s a big advantage.”
So what do we know about the Dutch woman who is making headlines today? Well the gold medal she won today is actually her second gold medal. Back in Beijing she won the gold in the Women’s Point Race. In 2008 she also added the track cycling world title to her long list of accomplishment and that title actually earned her the honor of being the first woman to hold the world championship titles for road, track and cyco-cross.
It has been a great day for cyclist Marianna Vos, who hails from a small Dutch village called Meeuwen and began her career and the mere age of six thanks to her older brother.
Congrats on your awesome win Marianna.