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by Mark Zalewski
June 30, 2016
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US time trial champion Carmen Small says she will seek arbitration over her non-selection for the Rio Olympic team. Small won her second national time trial championship last month with a gap of more than a minute over two-time defending Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong and nearly two minutes over Evelyn Stevens, the other rider selected for the Rio 2016 time trial.
“This showing of my ability in my mind was not just worthy of my Olympic selection, but also the potential to be a gold medal favorite,” Small told ESPN. “This time around, I feel that I am the best athlete for the selection.”
“I think if an athlete understands why they are not selected and has been through fair process, where everyone is held to the same standard, then we are happy to just work harder.”
Small’s coach, Corey Hart, said he supports her decision to contest the selection and said there has been a troubling “absence of transparency” in the process.
USA Cycling declined to comment until the formal request is filed.
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