Georgia Simmerling Wins Bronze in Women's Team Pursuit Cycling and is the first Canadian to compete in 3 different sports at 3 different Olympics
Georgia Simmerling (left) and Jasmin Glaesser hold the Canadian flag after a heroic effort defeating New Zealand for the Bronze medal. Canada posted a time of four minutes 14.627 seconds, nearly four seconds faster than New Zealand (4:18.459) at the Rio Olympic Velodrome in the 4 km race. "I'm used to the media, the crowd, That has really helped me come into this sport and excel. I draw off the crowd as I do from my other sports. That mental experience with high-pressure situations has been huge." says Georgia Simmerling.
Canada's Team Pursuit bronze medalists (left to right) Allison Beveridge, Jasmin Glaesser, Kirsti Lay, and Georgia Simmerling celebrate on the podium after winning the bronze medal.
Two Wheel Gear is incredibly proud of the outstanding accomplishments of Georgia Simmerling and Team Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Thank you to everyone who helped support Georgia and make Olympic history.
EVERY PURCHASE SUPPORTS GEORGIA SIMMERLING'S HEROIC JOURNEY IN 2016
Georgia Simmerling is a two time Olympian, 5 time Ski Cross World Cup medalist, Right to Play athlete ambassador, and a dedicated advocate of healthy lifestyle choices within the Vancouver community. After a season ending injury in 2015, Georgia traded her skis for a bike and dedicated herself to competing in Track Cycling at the highest international level.
Georgia has faced adversity battling serious injuries in her young career. In 2012 she broke her neck and thoracic spine in a ski crash. Later that year she won her first ski cross world cup medal. In early 2015 Georgia shattered her wrist in 6 places ending her ski season during the World Ski Cross Championships. A few short weeks later she got on her bike.
Georgia now spends most of her time at the Burnaby Velodrome, constantly training and practicing turning left in her new passion for the national team.
Starting a New Journey
This is where the cycling part of Georgia's story begins. Georgia rode in a Cycling Canada talent ID camp in Los Angeles earlier in 2014. Having never ridden a track bike or raced a bike competitively before that, she was identified as having the special raw talent needed and it was her first chance to get exposed to top coaches. After ending her ski season in 2015, Georgia's on-bike recovery training was enough motivation to start on a major new challenge...trying to make the national cycling team in an Olympic year.
"I was an absolute nobody in this sport. How was I going to make the Canadian Track Endurance Team in an upcoming Olympic year of all years on a team that is expected to bring back its country a medal." Said Simmerling in an interview with CBC Canada.
With eight months of intense training and personal athletic growth working with a local legend of a cycling coach, Georgia showed intense work ethic and raw skill earning her a spot on the "Next Gen" development team. After two weeks learning the ins and outs of Team Pursuit, Georgia was given the opportunity to train for one week on a trial basis with Canada's Elite women's team.
She did not take the opportunity lightly and came out of a suspenseful first week of training with the fastest individual pursuit time. This earned Georgia a full time position on the team. On January 16-17, Georgia rode in her first World Cup race in Hong Kong with Team Canada in Team Pursuit. The team did not disappoint winning the gold medal and solidifying themselves as the #1 ranked team in the world. This gold medal also brought Team Canada an overall World Cup championship season.
At the World Track Cycling Championships in London, Georgia again was granted the opportunity to race with Team Canada. Canada was narrowly defeated by Team USA in the final and took home the silver medal.
Effort, Dedication and Sacrifice
We are beyond proud to support Georgia Simmerling this 2016 season. Her extreme dedication and work ethic in her athletic career combined with her work in the local and international community inspires us. She reminds us what can be accomplished if you commit yourself and put forth the effort, dedication and sacrifice to create major change. A portion of every bag sold helps support Georgia's efforts in her team's quest for gold in the 2016 season.
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