• littledreamergirl

    Thank you for translating the interview.
    She is a great athlete and a true Olympian. Glad she is OK after that crash.

  • Dave

    I nearly lost it myself when she started to cry, even though I do not speak her language. I do hope she isn’t too hard on herself. She rode a magnificent race and she was so brave to tackle the descent in the way she did. She saw her chance of a gold medal and she was doing everything she could to make it a reality. That is the real Olympic spirit. She should be very, very proud of herself.

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  • Augsburg57

    I hope the cycling community looks closely at the experience of Ms van Vleuten and the male cyclists injured so badly at this Olympics. (Yes, I know the Olympics is not special in regards to injuries.) She is a strong woman and a warrior for sure, and I admire her.

    That said, Ms van Vleuten and the other pro and amateur racing cyclists deserve better. They are not asking for it, but that is because they possess a warrior mentality. Every other sport of consequence on the face of this earth has set aside their competitive, warrior outlook and embraced safety. It is time for cycling to do the same.

    Promoting safer conditions will never come from the racers themselves (or the legions of armchair racers and wannabes). Cycling’s racers are a proud, determined lot and will never put themselves first. However, there selflessness cannot be used as an argument for continuing an archaic approach to racing. I don’t think it is reasonable to conclude the safety efforts made in every other sport are wrong. The promotion of safety will have to come from those of us that care about the future and humanity of the sport of cycling, and the racer’s well being.

  • FrankFrank

    I’m glad she’s better – it was as hard a fall as anyone could endure. I’ve fallen twice – never easy…

  • J Just J

    Glad she is…or will be OK. I really hated seeing her go down, one for the horrible crash and two…because she was on track for Gold! It was a good race – She ROCKED it.


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