Fracture sidelines Matthews, van Garderen aims for Paris-Nice GC: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 1, 2018

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Johansson empathises with Rissveds’ decision to step back from cycling

by CyclingTips

In the wake of Olympic gold medallist Jenny Rissveds’ decision to step back from mountainbiking less than two years after her big success in Rio, fellow Swede Emma Johansson has written about how she too was overwhelmed in the sport.

In 2008 she took a silver medal in the women’s road race, and said that her own Olympic experience saw her swamped in pressure and expectation.

Here’s an excerpt:

As the car finally reached our destination I was surrounded by hungry media people once again, every one of them wanted their story. That´s when the panic slowly started to appear…30 hours since I finished the race and I had been going from one thing to another. Still hadn´t had a chance to even talk to my family nor understand what happened.

Back at the hotel I finally found time to call my little brother who were home in Sweden. When he said he had been on the phone more or less since the finish of my race with media wanting to know more about me, I could not believe it. They had been calling my family, friends, old boy friends, my 85-year-old grandma etc. for information. The fact that the sports magazine had more than 10 pages only about me was terrifying.

My husband and coach, Martin, looked at me and told me to hang up the phone.
– Emma, we need to have a talk: Is there anything that I should know about you? Are there naked photos of you somewhere? Have you been to jail? Have you cheated? Please tell me now because I don´t want to read about it in the newspaper tomorrow… Suddenly I went from being above the clouds to crying on my bed wishing this medal never happened.

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