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NZ's London 2012 Olympic Track team

NZTeamsApr 27th, 12. Congratulations to the riders who will represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games track events in the London Velodrome come August.

 

 

New Zealand has named its biggest and arguably strongest track cycling team ever for the London Olympic Games.

 

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Endurance Men

NZTSergent

Jesse Sergent - Age: 23
From: Fielding
Event: Team Pursuit
2012 World Championships: Did not compete
Best Result: Bronze in the Team Pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Fast Fact: Rides for the World Tour team RadioShack Nissan Trek

Where is he today? Spain

NZTSamBewley

Sam Bewley - Age: 24
From: Rotorua
Event: Team Pursuit
2012 World Championships: Bronze in the Team Pursuit
Best Result: Bronze in the Team Pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Fast Fact: Nickname 'Wagon'

Where is he today? Spain

NZTMarcRyan

Marc Ryan - Age: 29
From: Timaru
Event: Team Pursuit
2012 World Championships: Bronze in the Team Pursuit, 11th in the Madison 
Best Result: Bronze in the Team Pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Fast Fact: Represented New Zealand on the track at the Athens and Beijing Olympics

Where is he today? Belgium

NZTAaronGate

Aaron Gate - Age: 21
From: Auckland
Event: Team Pursuit
2012 World Championships: Bronze in the Team Pursuit, 4th in the Points Race
Best Result: Bronze in the Team Pursuit at the 2012 World Championships
Fast Fact: Studying towards a computer science degree

Where is he today? NZ

Interview: A childhood dream
NZTWestleyGough

Westley Gough - Age: 23
From: Waipukurau
Event: Team Pursuit
2012 World Championships: Bronze in the Team Pursuit, bronze in the Individual Pursuit
Best Result: Bronze in the Team Pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Fast Fact: Rides for the Subway Pro Cycling team

Where is he today? Racing on the road in Korea

NZTShaneArchbold

Shane Archbold - Age: 23
From: Timaru
Event: Omnium
2012 World Championships: 5th in the Omnium, 11th in the Madison with Marc Ryan
Best Result: Silver in Omnium at 2011 UCI Track World Championships
Fast fact: Famous for his mullet hairstyle

Where is he today? Belgium

 

Endurance Women

NZTAliShanks

Alison Shanks - Age: 29
From: Dunedin
Event: Team Pursuit
2012 World Championships: Gold in the Individual Pursuit, 4th in the Team's Pursuit
Best Result: 2009 & 2012 Individual Pursuit World Champion
Fast Fact: Has a Commerce and Science degree from Otago University

Interview: A huge honour

NZTJaimeNielsen Jaime Nielsen - Age: 26
From: Hamilton
Event: Team Pursuit
2012 World Championships: 4th in the Team Pursuit, WHAT in the Individual Pursuit
Best Result: Silver in the Team Pursuit at the 2009 Track World Championships in Poland
Fast Fact: Was an Under 23 Rowing World Champion
NZTLaurenEllis

Lauren Ellis - Age: 22
From: Hinds
Event: Team Pursuit
2012 World Championships: 4th in the Team Pursuit
Best Result: Silver in the Team Pursuit at the 2009 Track World Championships in Poland
Fast Fact: Current NZ Time Trial Champion

Interview: Olympics are the ultimate goal

NZJOk

Jo Kiesanowski - Age: 32
From: Christchurch
Event: Omnium
2012 World Championships: 7th in the Omnium
Best Result: Silver medal in the Scratch Race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi
Fast Fact: Represented New Zealand on the road at the Athens and Beijing Olympics

Where is she today? USA

NZTRushlee Rushlee Buchanan - Age: 23 (subject to quota confirmation)
From: Te Awamutu
Event: Team Pursuit
2012 World Championships: 14th in the Points Race
Best Result: Bronze in the Team Pursuit at the 2010 Track World Championships in Copenhagen
Fast Fact: Was the 2010 Women's Road and Criterium National Champion

 

Sprint Men

NZTEddieDawkins

Eddie Dawkins - Age: 22
From: Invercargill
Specialty event: Team Sprint/Sprint
2012 World Championships: Bronze in the Team Sprint, 10th in the sprint, 13th in the Keirin
Best Result: Silver in the Team Sprint and Bronze in the Kilometre Time Trial at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi
Fast Fact: Competed and won Invercargill's version of Dancing with the Stars.

Interview: Four years of training paid off

NZTSimonVV

Simon van Velthooven - Age: 23
From: Palmerston North
Specialty event: Keirin/Team Sprint
2012 World Championships: Bronze in the Kilometre Time Trial, 6th in the Keirin
Best Result: Bronze medal in the Keirin at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi
Fast Fact: Was a professional Keirin racer in Japan in 2010.

Interview: Olympic dream came true

NZTEthanMitchell Ethan Mitchell - Age: 21
From: Auckland
Specialty event: Team Sprint, Sprint
2012 World Championships: Bronze in the Team Sprint, 21st in the Sprint
Best Result: Silver in the Team Sprint at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dehli
Fast Fact: Has a twin sister
NZTSamWebster Sam Webster - Age: 21 (Reserve)
From: Auckland
Specialty event: Team Sprint, Sprint
2012 World Championships: Bronze in the Team Sprint, 19th in the Sprint
Best Result: Silver in the Team Sprint, Bronze in the Sprint at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi
Fast Fact: Was a tripe junior world champion

 

Sprint Women

NZTNatashaHansen

Natasha Hansen - Age: 22

From: Invercargill
Event: Sprint/Keirin
2012 World Championships: 10th in the Team Sprint with Katie Schofield,16th in the 500m Time Trial, 17th in the Keirin, 18th in the Sprint,
Best Result: 10th in the Team Sprint at 2012 Track World Champs
Fast Fact: Is an air-traffic controller

Interview: Still in shock

Katie Schofield - Age 28 (Reserve)

From: Dunedin
Event: Team Sprint
2012 World Championship Result: 10th in the Team Sprint with Natasha Hansen, 14th in the 500m Time Trial, 17th in the Keirin,
Best Result: 10th in the Team Sprint at the 2012 World Championships
Fast Fact: Was a track and field athlete before moving to track cycling

 

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