6 Things We Learned from the Tokyo Olympics

Jul 27, 2021 at 13:38
by Sarah Moore  


After a five-year build up, it's hard to believe that the cross-country mountain bike races at the Tokyo Olympics are over. The technical course, changing conditions, and strong field made for a race that had everyone holding their breath right up until the final stretch. Now, the gorgeous Olympic-edition bikes will become mere mementos of a tremendous day and the athletes will set their sights on Paris 2024 in just three years. Here are some of the things we noticed from the sidelines.


1. Switzerland is dominating cross-country mountain biking.

In the years leading up to the Olympics, the Swiss mountain bike team proved to be in a class of its own. Switzerland was the only country to qualify the maximum of three athletes in both the women's and men's categories and have six athletes competing on the Izu MTB Course. Success leading up to the Olympics and success at the Olympics are two entirely different things however, and what's most impressive is that four of the six Swiss competitors are returning home with Olympic medals.

A day after Mathias Fleuckiger took silver in the men's race, Jolanda Neff, Sina Frei and Linda Indergand secured the first-ever Olympic podium sweep by one country in the discipline's history.
Mathias Flueckiger is always in the mix and tonight will be no different.
Swiss men have twice swept the Olympic podium in 1936 in gymnastics and in 1925 in pommel horse, but Neff, Frei, and Indergand are the first Swiss women ever to sweep an Olympic podium and this is only the seventh sweep of the women's podium in Olympic history. Switzerland now has a total of ten Olympic mountain biking medals, four more than second-placed France, which has six medals.

Looking back, the only time there wasn't a Swiss rider on the mountain bike podium in the event's Olympic history was in Athens in 2004, with Thomas Frischknecht, Christoph Sauser, Barbara Blatter, and Nino Schurter medalling in 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2016.


2. Being an Olympic favourite isn't easy.


After winning a surprise Olympic medal ahead of fellow countrywoman and favourite Alison Sydor in 2004 in Athens, Marie Helene Premont came into the 2008 Games in Beijing as the strong favourite herself. She was leading the World Cup series standings by 447 points over fellow Canadian Catharine Pendrel, had won two events that year and reached the podium in all seven World Cup races. However, she told CBC in an interview, she stayed up late at night worrying about a mechanical or something she couldn't control happening. She ended up DNFing in Beijing.

In 2012, it was Catharine Pendrel who went to the Olympics as the favourite, as the 2011 World Champion and leading the World Cup standings. She finished 9th. Four years later, she wasn't expected to podium, but without the pressure she pulled off a bronze despite crashing very early in the race and having to play catch up.
Loana Lecomte has been a force to be reckoned with. She s raced more solo laps recently as if she d been out for a training ride.

As for Jolanda Neff, she may have won the Test Event back in 2019, but she didn't come into the Tokyo Olympics as a big favourite after her life-threatening crash in January of 2020 and breaking her hand mid-June and that may have been a good thing. Coming into the last Olympics in Rio, having won both the 2014 and 2015 overall titles, with six individual World Cup race wins to her name in the previous two seasons and one win to her name in 2016, she was a favourite. 23 years old at the time, she finished a disappointing 6th in Rio.

This season, it was 21-year-old Loana Lecomte that came into the race as the favourite after winning all four of the World Cup events coming into the Olympics. Fellow countrywoman Pauline Ferrand Prevot was another favourite, saying that she didn't care about any of the previous races this season, she was just focused on peaking for the Olympics. Some wondered whether Lecomte peaked too early in the season in order to make the French Olympic team, while Ferrand Prevot had the luxury to peak at exactly the right moment having won the World Championships in 2019 and 2020 to secure her spot on the French Olympic team. While both riders took their chances at the front of the pack, they raced with the frantic energy of favourites gunning for medals, with mistakes in the technical sections and slip-ups on the climbs that we haven't seen so far this season from the usually calm riders.

Mathieu van der Poel also came into the race as a heavy favourite, after winning a stage of the Tour de France and then publicly stating he was leaving the event to win gold in Tokyo. Whether he had the legs or not in Monday's race, we won't ever be able to tell, but he was unable to follow up on his promises. He has stated that he'll continue racing mountain bikes until the next Olympics however, so we'll see if he can redeem himself in just three years in Paris 2024.


3. Last-minute course changes are never a good idea.

Mathieu van der Poel crashed out of the men's race in the Olympic final because he believed that the wooden ramp that had been on the Sakura rock drop during training would remain there for the race. He was in the leading group on Lap 1, but went over the bars after attempting to roll the feature that now had to be dropped and crashed heavily, withdrawing from the event on Lap 5.

We don't know whether it was because of his crash or due to the rain that fell before the women's race, but organizers put the ramp back for the women's race. Jolanda Neff ended up almost crashing off of that same drop for a different reason since she came in expecting to hold speed and drop the Sakura rock drop, while Pauline Ferrand Prevot braked and went for the roll down the ramp.

"She was in front of me and we were going at a good decent speed and then she pulled her brakes super hard and I couldn’t do anything," said Neff. "I couldn’t brake and I ended up jumping with no speed at all. I was super lucky that I didn’t crash. It was such a stupid move of hers because it’s really dangerous for the people behind." Neff then rode away from the World Champion to take gold.


4. All bets are off at the Olympics.

The last time Spain's David Valero Serrano got a medal at a World Cup race was back in May of 2017 in Nové Mesto, but after a late surge in the men's race, he passed three-time Olympic medallist Nino Schurter and went on to win the bronze medal. At the last Olympics, his compatriot Carlos Coloma Nicolás pulled off a similar feat to take the bronze medal for Spain despite not visiting the World Cup podium leading up to the Games. In fact, Spain has four Olympic medals in mountain biking, making them the third-most winning nation in the Olympics behind Switzerland and France.

Linda Indergand is another rider that likely no one would have pegged for a medal today. She finished an impressive second in the first Short Track of the
David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
year in Albstadt and sixth in Nové Mesto in May, which secured her spot on the Swiss team, but she also hasn't won a World Cup medal in the longer distance recently. Get this: Like Valero, she also won her last World Cup XCO medal in Nové Mesto in 2017. It makes sense that the two athletes that enjoy the technical nature of the Nové Mesto course would excel on the technical Izu MTB Course.

Another huge factor at play at the Olympics is that the field is so small, there are only 38 riders in each race. The initial rock garden still managed to cause chaos and had riders losing time right off the start, but the smaller field means that it's easier to make your way through the field if you start near the back. It also means that riders who usually finish top-20 are suddenly breaking into the top ranks as riders from stronger nations have to cut to-ranked riders from their Olympic teams.

We also have to mention that the athletes that qualify for the Olympics early are extremely lucky. For many athletes, just qualifying for the Olympics is a very stressful, difficult process in and of itself and most riders don't know for certain whether they'll make their national team until mere weeks before the main event. Many athletes from stronger nations have to focus on peaking for an early season World Cup in order to qualify. The race for the Swiss, US and French women's teams was fierce. Linda Indergand was able to build on her early season form and finish in the medals, but Haley Batten clearly peaked for an incredible first half of the season, finishing in the medals in both Albstadt and Nové Mesto, to make it on to the US Olympic team. Although a 9th place in her first Olympics is something to be extremely proud of, it's interesting to think what would happen if the selection process was done differently and all athletes attending could peak for the main event.


5. Injuries weeks before the Games didn't slow down Jolanda Neff or Tom Pidcock.

Jolanda Neff finished fourth in Leogang, but said after the race that she broke her hand in an off-camera crash in the final laps. The injury was a mere six weeks before she won Olympic gold and she didn't ride her mountain bike until she got to Tokyo.

The week before, Tom Pidcock broke his collarbone in a training crash. He was back on the mountain bike quickly, starting the Les Gets World Cup a month after surgery, but had a crash in the Short Track on Friday and a DNF in the main cross-country event.

It's possible that the injuries allowed these two to press the reset button just weeks ahead of the Olympics, escape the media spotlight and pressure, and just focus on their races. Of course, it's worth mentioning that Kate Courtney broke her ulna around the same time as Neff and Pidcock, and finished in 15th, so it isn't all about the injuries.


6. Great for the sport of mountain biking to be so early in the Games.

We're only a couple of days into the Tokyo Olympics and already the mountain bike events are over and done with. That being said, it's likely good for the sport to be held so early since the first medals of the Games usually receive the most publicity in the mainstream media. With Tom Pidcock winning Great Britain's second medal, mountain biking has been splashed on the front page of every mainstream British media outlet there is.

Jolanda Neff won Switzerland's first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics and the Swiss women's historic sweep will undoubtedly push mountain biking into the mainstream media once again and shine a spotlight on the sport. The publicity that the Olympics draw to smaller sports like cycling plays a huge part in its popularity in the country as well as the funding that is allocated to the national team. We have reason to believe that Switzerland will continue their winning ways in future Olympics.


Other fun facts:
• Although four of the six medallists in mountain biking from Rio 2016, Nino Schurter, Jenny Rissveds, Maja Wloszczowska, and Catharine Pendrel, qualified and competed again, not one of them made it back to the podium this time around.
• This was Catharine Pendrel's fourth and final Olympic Games and she competed just five months after giving birth to her daughter Dara.
• It's also worth mentioning that the top two men, Tom Pidcock and Mathias Flueckiger, didn't even take part in the Test Event, so no one really had any idea whether the course would suit them or not. As for the women, Jolanda Neff won the Test Event and Sina Frei came second. Linda Indergand finished sixth, but behind fellow Swiss rider Alessandra Keller.
• Kata Blanka Vas from Hungary finished fourth in her first Olympic appearance. She's just 19 years old.


127 Comments

  • 180 0
 The course was beautiful. So, so good.
- Really technical, but flowy.
- Great coverage all round
- Worked in the dry and rain. Options to make it slightly easier if needed (as we saw in the women's race after the rain)
- Multiple line options
- Nice mix of natural and man-made features
- Beautiful Japanese landscaping
  • 114 0
 Should be part of the world cups next year
  • 43 0
 **Great potential for coverage all round. There were some questionable cinematography choices like tracking riders round a distant hairpin obscured by trees and photographer ankles.
I guess even RBtv would struggle to cock it up.

Also I don't what other nations' commentary was like, but if anyone can tell me why the BBC got an ex-roadie and a cricket commentator on the mics, it would be appreciated
  • 25 0
 @ROOTminus1: I think we here across the pond had the same commentators. We need Rob Warner to commentate!
  • 5 0
 I need to ride that track. The hardest part is getting a quality bike in that area to rent. Near impossible.
  • 14 1
 @ROOTminus1: i haven't watched it just yet, but I can't imagine it's any worse than the gymnastics commentators we have here in the US. two white-bread, former olympians who have approximately ZERO communication ability between them and keep talking about themselves, all without any technical analysis of the athletes. we as mountain bikers are definitely spoiled to have the likes of Rob Warner commentating our sport of choice, especially now that he's complemented by the likes of Tracey Hanna, Elliot Jackson, etc.
  • 25 0
 @ROOTminus1: They were so bad. The gushing over Pidcock in the men's race was almost pornographic. Then when Neff was putting in the ride of her life they were having to read her name off a roster to pronounce it. Rob should offer a commentary track to overlay so justice can be restored to this race.
  • 8 0
 @ROOTminus1: so bad. I don't know who commented on the woman for us but it was pathetic. Also coverage started 30 mins in and Despite being a replay, it was highly abbreviated.

Despite paying for an Olympic package it is so frustrating and poor.
  • 2 1
 One but big and awful mistake - the ramp on the drop in the women's ride.
  • 2 0
 @mutton: I want to know who made the decision to cut the first two laps when all the action happened? Interestingly the replay of the mens was much better coverage (not good, just better) than the first time it was played.

Regarding commentators, they are using the same guys for road and mountain. Roll is not bad on the road side, but knows nothing about MTB.
  • 2 0
 @mayfield: Rob announcing Kate Courtney coming into the stadium to take the World Champs in 2018 as a first year elite with like 20,000 people roaring... epic moment. Too bad about COVID, that is what Olympics should be!
  • 1 0
 @bongpill: It would be cool to see, but I am not sure that an entire world cup field could fit on this track.
Remember that the olympic field was only like 40 riders. thats a huge difference
  • 2 0
 @SergeiMinaev: to be fair most of them rode it like it wasn't there - well impressive on 100mm bikes!
  • 1 0
 @ROOTminus1: the ex cricket commentator commentated in the last 2 Olympics too...he must know someone somewhere because he knows very little about XC racing
  • 2 0
 @ROOTminus1: the commentary wasn't *that* bad. You should hear the BBC commentators for the winter olympics. They don't even know the words for half of the things.
  • 1 0
 @mutton: Same experience, but found the full replay on NBC Sports gold. Has the euro commentators as opposed to Bob Roll.
  • 1 0
 @mayfield: that's a really good idea. Make it happen, Red Bull!
  • 1 0
 @mayfield: that's the issue with the games. They pair an expert with a noob(commentary)
  • 2 0
 Can't up vote you enought There was a little of everything in perfect balance, progressive technical ups and downs safety for the most, landscape appealing and even some dual slalom berms.
  • 5 0
 @mutton: 100% I was highly disappointed that they started the women's race 30min into it. By that point, the race was pretty much done. Why couldn't they have shown more of how it got to that point and then skipped ahead when nothing was really changing? In addition, for all this attention/coverage lately about trying to have more equality in sports for women, why did they cut out so much of the women's race and almost showed the entirety of the men's race?

The commentary was poor - I didn't realize how much I had taken the World Cup commentators for granted. It seemed like the commentators were only given a list of like 5 things to talk about and that's all they focused on. Also - why so little mention/coverage of the US Team? They barely showed any placings other than the top 10. And we barely got any information about where the US riders were placed.

Also I don't know if Peacock showed the entirety of the women's race. If it did, then I felt like watching the live coverage was a huge spoiler. We didn't have any warning that they were going to show the race starting from 30 min on.

This was the only Olympic event that my GF was looking forward to watching, having watched all the World Cups this year up to this point. And it was spoiled from the start with less than satisfactory coverage during the rest of the race. Terrible.
  • 2 0
 @ROOTminus1: Terrible,that is the word. It is very weird looking at XC racers without Rob Warner. To me,watching WC races in Spanish is a big no.
Teledeporte get the last 5 min of the men race live cos Valero was killing it,but they choose whatever instead of the men MTB race.
  • 1 1
 @salespunk: Uhh, Bobke is one of the great old-school pro mountain bikers … it was Schlanger that needed to stfu.
  • 1 0
 @mutton: My wife and I still haven't found a way to watch it, despite also having gotten Peacock specifically for the Olympics. rage.
  • 2 0
 @sammybikes916: just read an article on this topic:

"NBC has deployed this vast arsenal of broadcast resources to spray America’s households with a kind of inescapable Olympic televisual vomit."
  • 56 1
 #7. Send the drop, always!
  • 32 0
 Probably the first time in recent memory we've seen someone take a top place at an mtb competition on a bike and components they've been able to pick themselves. I mean when was the last time that happened?

And some really interesting kit choices including:

- BMC four-stroke with a virtual pivot point rear suspension instead of the more common flex-stays, and the integrated dropper post
- Suntour??? suspension with some kind of prototype electronic lock out
- Scott one-piece wheels and handlebar/stem
  • 3 0
 I have a bmc agonist, and the suspension on it is killer.
  • 1 0
 That's another half medal for Switzerland...
  • 2 0
 Also prototype Continental tyres
  • 23 1
 I'd add Rob Warner needs to do the commentary. I think it was Bob Roll and some other guy. Was almost like listening to a golf match....so boring. Bring out Warner!
  • 5 0
 Haven't watched a single Olympic event this year (other than this highlight and the MVP crash) and most likely won't watch any. Now if Rob was to announce, completely tuning in. Be great to hear him do commentary on synchronized swimming or ping pong. Big Grin
  • 6 0
 @bman33: Especially if he had a few adult beverages before hand. Now that would be entertaining.
  • 3 0
 @Augustus-G: Oh adult beverages mandatory. Big Grin
  • 5 0
 @bman33: OMG YES! Rob's alternative Olympic coverage? Redbull should get on that for sure!!!
  • 1 0
 @rossp: Could be like Aussie Man Reviews
  • 1 0
 OMG-- Rob Warner is necessary! I felt like I was watching the New Years Day Rose Parade in Pasadena!
  • 23 0
 7- Sr. Mix-a-Lot lied, Jolanda does have a motor in the back of her Honda
  • 2 1
 @bongpill: Wasn't he refering to (Jane) Fonda?
  • 1 0
 @nozes: Jane Fond-A-Excercise (I couldn't resist it sorry)
  • 18 0
 Regarding #2: Catharine Pendrel went into London 2012 leading the World Cup standings and was a favourite to win and even was subject of a campaign to be Canada's flag bearer at the opening ceremonies. She finished 10th. Four years later, she wasn't expected to podium, but pulled off a bronze despite crashing very early in the race and having to pass lots of riders along the way.
  • 10 0
 Good point, I'll add that in!
  • 14 0
 Can we stop pretending it was a last minute course change? The course was obviously not designed with a drop feature that happened to have a wooden ladder in the middle of it- it wouldn't be called the Sakura Rock Drop in that case.

The ladder was there for practice so all the lines could be hit without risk of injury and as shown in the women's race in the event of poor weather as a safety feature.
  • 6 1
 You're right but I do think a decent tweak would have been to make the alternate line slightly less of a big detour but still slower - so it's more appealing to the riders less keen to send the drop. You could see the riders launching it were faster than those rolling it but they're fighitng for space on the same line and the ramp is only on part of the drop. If the drop was always there, with no ramp, but the chicken line was more appealing then there would be no brake-check controversy possible.
  • 7 0
 Um excuse me what about the gnarled mass of surprised, injured racers and wrecked pile of bikes at the bottom of the Sakura drop?

What's that? It was just one guy? Oh nvm, maybe he should have gone to the riders' meeting.

@sourmix that's a fair point, I liked that the actual B-line was WAY slower than the drop in dry conditions, but you're right that once it got wet and they put the ramp back it kind of messed up the risk/reward balance of that feature. I still don't think it was a horrible idea to add it back in for the women's race given the condtions, but it probably would have been better if it was more of a deliberate detour and not a last-second decision at the edge of the drop.
  • 13 0
 "3. Last-minute course changes are never a good idea."

Except is wasn't last minute for the men. All evidence points to everyone knowing well before the race, with notifications coming from multiple fronts and multiple times. Could be argued it was last minute for the women because of the rain, but it being added wasn't really the cause of the drama: everyone knew it was there, Jolanda just didn't expect Pauline to slow up that much even with the ramp in place.
  • 14 0
 Everyone did know though - except VDP for whatever reason?
  • 13 0
 Sina is hardly mentioned but is one of the most consistent racers out there. Good job Sina.
  • 3 0
 Sina had the ride of her life. It was great to see.
  • 7 0
 Form is temporary, class is permament - as Jolanda showed.

Saying that, as someone who follows horse racing, and form, the 'form book' went out the window. If you'd forecast the women's podium, you'd have made a decent amount of money. I reckon both bronze medallists struggle to make the podium in any of the remaining World Cups this season.....and I doubt they care, they got the Olympic medal - well done to them.

And a mention for the woeful 'world feed' commentary; Eurosport/GCN treating MTB as a second rate sport, and not using proper MTB commentators. Why? Not good enough.....

While I'm a fan of MvdP, he ballsed that up himself - nobody else made that error. The good news is that it looks as if he maybe targeting the MTB Worlds in Val di Sole - a track he's won on.
  • 10 0
 Catharine Pendrel's 4th Olympics and as a new mom. Whoa.
  • 8 0
 I'd like to remark that David Valero had a bad start and he went from 35th to 3rd!
  • 7 0
 Also don't walk across a live practice BMX track if you are an official. You will lose.
  • 9 2
 7 things, they need to have Downhill
  • 9 1
 Not so sure we need the Olympics messing with /sanitizing DH.
  • 4 0
 Even more man made, bikeparky tracks,maybe limited to 2 minute max?
Please don't.
  • 2 0
 @nozes: .. www.fujimipanorama.com/mtb/en/#en-course ... 2024: France, Les Gets... 2028: Los Angeles, CA- Big Bear/Snow Summit, Mammoth... 2032: Brisbane, Australia- (although in New Zealand ) a few choices as well
  • 2 0
 @shwinn8: Thredbo, Buller, Falls Creek and Stromlo, all in AU.
  • 1 0
 @AndrewFleming: .. there we go!! plenty of venues for XC, Enduro, DH and DS
  • 1 0
 There are many factors that help make the decision for inclusion. Details at www.britannica.com/story/how-are-sports-chosen-for-the-olympics

TLDR: Money, politics, popularity and patience.
  • 1 1
 @bman33: Calm down, it's once every four years. It would do nothing to the sport other than bring some exposure.

Look at skateboarding. It's an olympic sport now, and I'm pretty sure it will be just fine.
  • 1 0
 @jaycubzz: I grew up in BMX and traveled the US national circuit working in the industry and racing off and on for 10 years. While the SX tracks are rad for sure, many negative affects from a management, ruleset and sterilization perspective have taken place. I stand by my opinion. If you feel it's cool, good on you.
  • 2 0
 Pretty sure that was Redbull Hardline.
  • 1 0
 XC without Rob Warner is, well, painful but managable but DH without Rob is aboslute MTB culture blasphemy
  • 6 1
 Otb’s can happen to the best of us… even world class athletes… & they can also make excuses like us mere mortals too..
  • 2 0
 race was great, competition was great, course was great....but the video coverage and camera angles were not great...maybe I'm spoiled from the enduro/DH stuff? There were numerous times the camera couldn't find the rider, sometimes the camera would just be pointed at the ground or a bush (no riders in view), or the angle was such that you couldn't see what was going on (different lines, obstacles, etc.). Note, I only had time to watch the men's race on replay, not the women's [just highlights]...so it could be possible the women's race was better coverage wise?
  • 4 2
 So when are Enduro and Downhill Mountain biking going to enter the Olympics? They have Elite racing series just like XC, and Enduro certainly has just as much following as XC.
  • 1 0
 I thinks it’s mainly down to the location of the olympics, it’d be pretty hard to build a 3-4 minutes dh track in Amsterdam or other flat countries. If it wasn’t for that I’m sure dh would be in by now
  • 2 0
 There is a limit on the number of cycling events, for one to be added, one needs to go. And there's the rub.
  • 6 0
 @BigPapi69: Location isn't a valid factor anymore as far as I'm concerned. They let surfing in which is at least as location dependent if not more. The 2024 Paris Olympics are hosting their surfing event in Tahiti, which is about as far away from Paris as you could be. So I don't see this "my city is too flat" argument hold anymore.
  • 2 0
 @j-t-g: I had no idea they were holding surfing in Tahiti for Paris 2024
  • 3 0
 7. D Bone was like a kid on Christmas morning - especially for the women's race..,.. I was up till 1am last night and paid for it today, but it was worth it.
  • 2 0
 D bone! My man!!
  • 2 0
 In much of the Olympic coverage, there have been a few comments asking why Downhill isn’t in there. That got me thinking… why isn’t Adaptive Mountain Biking in the ParaOlympics?
  • 1 0
 The Olympics article (6 Things) was so well written that I was captivated by Sarah Moore's reporting from beginning to end. Thank you for providing context and perspective to the 2021 Olympic races. I especially hope that future event organizers pay attention to #3, re: last-minute course changes.
  • 3 0
 Has there ever been a XC or DH feature that caused this much discussion? I can’t think of one.
  • 1 0
 Please correct the article: MVDP skipped a pre race meeting where it was announced the ramp was gone and his own teammate told him. Common PB not that hard to find those facts!
  • 2 0
 "All bets are off at the Olympics" This is valid for any discipline and I find it amazing
  • 4 2
 I learned that Huck sued for her right to get lapped.
  • 2 0
 Ouch! Well, it still does nice things for athlete's self-marketing if they can say they are an Olympian. If based on recent results she earned a spot (which was the case right?), that's that. In the race itself, anything can happen for any reason.
  • 2 0
 How about those Swiss men gymnasts! Pummel horse! WOW.
  • 2 1
 It wasn't a course change. They all were well told what the final course would be.
  • 1 0
 You where there? When exactly and how where they told? I assume it’s written down somewhere in the course description? Can you take a photo and enlighten us?
  • 1 0
 This is not “ First Ride: We Are One Arrival - A Canadian-Made Carbon Enduro Bike”???
  • 1 0
 Beyond stoked about David Valero Serrano!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Does anybody know how I can watch the replay?
  • 3 0
 Tiz-Cycling is your friend Wink
  • 1 0
 @dolores: I wasn’t able to see a way to watch it on there. We’re do I go?
  • 1 0
 Peacock app has it
  • 1 0
 Are there really medals at World Cups?
  • 2 2
 Stop biting the gold. It's not real gold anymore. The camermen keep telling them to do that. So lame
  • 2 0
 The Olympics are on??
  • 1 0
 Commentary just isn't the same without Rob Warner!
  • 2 2
 Do these riders not do a track walk before they ride?
  • 7 3
 Yet more reason why it should not have been changed
  • 11 1
 @browner: teammates told him, coaches told him and it was discussed at the riders meeting that he didn't show up to. He was the only rider that "didn't" know so it is completely on VDP.
  • 4 11
flag browner (Jul 27, 2021 at 23:50) (Below Threshold)
 @salespunk: ever heard of muscle memory. What is a practice lap for? They wouldn't do this in dh no matter how much talk explains it were talking about racers hitting red in a huge MTB race. Leave the track as is. I blame Tokyo
  • 3 3
 VDP needs to pull up not out next time.
  • 1 0
 Broke bone wins.
  • 1 1
 I thought Russia was banned !
  • 2 0
 That is why they are competing as ROC. Which funny enough, is the official name for Taiwan, which is not allowed to compete under it's real name due to pressure from China.
  • 2 1
 @cru-jones: Ben Johnson wished he’d thought of changing his name lol
Showing my age now !
  • 1 1
 Is Pendrel retiring? Great career.
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