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United States Announces Olympic Team for Paris 2024

Jun 10, 2024 at 21:53
by Sarah Moore  
The American duo of Haley Batten and Savilia Blunk are on it so far in 2024
Haley Batten and Savilia Blunk celebrate in Araxa.

Haley Batten, Savilia Blunk, Riley Amos and Christopher Blevins will officially be racing in Paris on July 28 and July 29 at the 2024 Olympic Games. The United States is ranked fifth for men and third for women in the Nation Ranking and therefore qualified the maximum of two athletes in each race.

Blunk and Amos will be racing in the Olympics for the first time while Batten and Blevins will be returning for the second time after competing at the last Olympic Games in Tokyo. In the first three XC World Cups of the season, this group rode to six Elite Cross-Country Olympic (XCO) podiums, five Elite Short Track (XCC) podiums, and a perfect season in the U23 Men’s races

The criteria for selection for each country is different and you can see the selection criteria for the United States here. On the women's side, it was quite certain that Batten and Blunk would get to represent the United States at the Olympics after finishing getting two podiums apiece in Brazil. Riley Amos also met the selection criteria by winning the first two U23 World Cups in Brazil in the absence of any Elite male riders getting two podiums during the qualifying period. With his win in Mairipora, Christopher Blevins was nominated to the 2024 Olympic Games Team in accordance with USA Cycling’s Discretionary Athlete Selection Procedures.

bigquotesMy Olympic pursuit has been an amazing journey. Through injury, personal growth, and relentless hard work, I am proud to earn my spot to represent Team USA in Paris. Throughout my youth, I have dreamed of becoming an Olympic athlete and to earn a medal for the USA. I am honored to have this opportunity and I am fully focused on preparing at my best.Haley Batten (Park City, Utah; Specialized Factory Racing)

bigquotesCompeting at the Olympics is something I’ve dreamed about ever since my first race in the NorCal NICA league. When I was 15, this dream felt almost inconceivable. I knew it would take a lot of hard work, but what was even harder to find in the process was team support, resources, and funding to
get myself to the biggest stage. It was never a clear path, but I was relentlessly committed and never gave up. Now looking back, I realize this WAS the path all along - never giving up on my dreams. I’m so proud to have reached this moment and am super excited to represent the USA in Paris!
Savilia Blunk (Inverness, Calif.; Decathlon-Ford Racing Team)

bigquotesThe magnitude of the Olympics is one of the most special things to experience as an athlete. Being a part of Team USA is a celebration that extends beyond yourself, and there's a whole team giving their best in the sport we love. I was proud to make it to Tokyo in 2021, and maybe even more so to make my second Olympic games, with the opportunity to give it everything for a medal on July 29th in Paris. The sport of Mountain Biking is growing at an exciting rate in the States, and I know this Games will be another step in that direction.Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo.; Specialized Factory Racing)

bigquotesI really don’t think it has sunk in yet that I will be representing my country in Paris this summer. I think when I get to feel that atmosphere and really experience it all for the first time it’s all going to sink in. I am not really putting much pressure on the performance, but instead taking in this incredible opportunity and moment at the biggest mountain bike race in the world to celebrate how far we have come in the last few years and to learn all I can for the 2028 games. I’m proud to continue the legacy of Mountain Bike Olympians from Durango, Colorado, as I would not be who I am without my special little community at home.Riley Amos (Durango, Colo.; Trek Factory Racing)

bigquotesThe 2024 USA Mountain Bike Olympic Team is one to watch with medal potential in both the Women’s and Men’s event. The United States has steadily been regaining prominence since Tokyo and we are excited to show the world what we are capable of. Each one of our four mountain bike Olympians in 2024 continue to impress us and we know they will represent our nation well.Alec Pasqualina – USA Cycling’s Director of Mountain Bike

We now officially know who will be racing for Switzerland, France and the United States.

Savilia Blunk is one of two American s who could and will do damage today.
Savilia Blunk

Riley Amos. 4 from 4 in 2024.
Riley Amos

Christopher Blevins coming across the line for his first win since 2021.
Christopher Blevins

Haley Batten has been buzing around the podium and today will be no different.
Haley Batten

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  • 49 0
 Pretty obvious who was going based on their results these past couple years. Outstanding.. The US actually has a shot of winning both Men's and Women's . Provided Pidcock has a mechanical.
  • 21 0
 I think somebody will also need to sabotage one of PFP's essential components too
  • 19 1
 I recall a lot of people saying something similar about MVdP in Tokyo....
  • 4 2
 @tigerfish50: I remember PFP rode like shit on some of the technical sections in an Olympics race last time, and Neff was pissed because she twice messed up Neff by riding like shit. Seems like her nerves got her or something.
  • 13 4
 @RuskinL: No tech in Paris from what I read - its a gravel race.
  • 10 0
 @eroc43: but MVdP probably should have won that race given how dominant he looked on the MTB at that time, he made a major mental error that ruined his race. I don't see Pidcock making a similar error.
  • 4 0
 You can't take anything for granted with USA Cycling.
  • 13 0
 @paulskibum: fu..ing sad when you have beautiful trails everywhere in France, to build that crap from nothing.
  • 2 0
 @fautquecaswing: Is there really good mountain biking near Paris?
  • 2 0
 @PossibleShredder: and if there is, what’s the camera and spectator access like?
  • 5 1
 @paulskibum: Wow, you weren't kidding

Puck's vid from the test event last year: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8h_BIlhMSA
- 95% gravel fire road
  • 9 1
 @RuskinL: That course is a crime against cycling. A dirt road lap with a single boulder roll in it. Smart teams will bring a gravel bike with a full length dropper to get over that boulder and absolutely crush 99% of the course which is a road race.
  • 2 0
 @PossibleShredder: Last I heard, the plan for the 2028 Olympics was for the XCO to be at Bonelli Park, which is about 30 miles (or 3 hours by car :lol) from Los Angeles. Though I am betting that will be moved to Vail Lake which is quite a bit further away. So I'm not sure why France couldn't do the same.

@RuskinL: Wow. That's...bad. I wonder how many people will he on a hardtail?
  • 1 0
 @JSTootell: I raced a local 'DH' race on the hill above Bonelli like 15 years ago (if that's the spot near Santa Clarita) and I didn't see a single rock anywhere. We need to do better.... maybe Big Bear.
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: not Santa Clarita, Bonelli is in east la county

Vail or Big Bear would be much much better
  • 2 0
 @Mannra: Right on - it was a while back and I must've gotten the names mixed up.
  • 3 0
 Pidcock will probably start at the back, catch up, flat because his tires are crap, then catch up again, flat again and finally come 4th.
  • 2 0
 @PossibleShredder: They are hosting the surfing on the other side of the world, so I don’t think I’m moving the MTB to the Alps/Jura would be unreasonable.
  • 6 0
 @RuskinL: hmm not really as easy as you guys suggest. There are some rock gardens, steep parts, some jumps, tricky corners, narrow passages, off-cambers. Watch the video properly...
  • 6 0
 @Mtmw: I would love to see you riding this full track on a gravel bike
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Unfortunately, I'm not getting my hopes up too much for Vail Lake. I've butted heads with the trail builder out there. Everything is turning into man made flow trails, which seem to be massively popular with local XC and eBike riders.

My girlfriend, a relatively new and tiny rider on a hardtail, finds them too boring to be worth racing.
  • 2 0
 @dj100procentenduro: I let that video run at work and what i saw wasn't a walk in the park by any means. At race pace it could be pretty brutal. That first real climb had me pulling over to, uh, check my derailleur....XCO is a nasty game. I stick with gravity. Also I believe I heard that Paris park is built on a former landfill/garbage heap.
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 @dj100procentenduro: I would love to try it! The travel is expensive. Is it open to the public? Is there some aspect of this course that isn't coming through on camera, some gopro effect? Other than the boulder roll, what am I missing?
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 @JSTootell: I'm not familiar with that area (I'm from norcal) but Big Bear might be fun at altitude. If they used bike park it could be spectator friendly with the lifts and trails and whatnot. Bit of a drive up the mountain. though.
  • 1 1
 @RuskinL: Its definitely a track for hardtails, fastest rolling tires you can find and maybe no dropper to save weight. Maybe no suspension at all to save weight?
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 @suspended-flesh: Snow Summit is pretty small, I'm not sure where they would build a course. I really love the idea of it being there, I spend a lot of time there every summer (camped last weekend). But I just can't imagine a track being built.

Maybe better luck at Bear Mountain resort, which is around the corner and totally unused in the summer. I don't know the layout of the terrain at all though.

I have this bad feeling we will end up with an arena course, all hand built I'm a parking lot or something. Several years of speculation to go!
  • 1 0
 @JSTootell: I've only ridden there once for a TBB XC race. It was a fun course, but your description isn't wrong. I haven't ridden the Enduro routes there at all so not sure they could be utilized for XCO, or if more funding would develop a sweet course.

At any rate, it's probably better than Bonelli? Bonelli has some raw tech descents, but they are generally short and sweet and far apart, so I'm not sure how they'd develop a great modern course there, though they did host UCI events in the past.

Would love to see what the Big Bear resorts or area could pull off if given the time and resources, though the current trails might have enough already present as well.
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 @JSTootell: plenty of terrain at Summit, especially if they go off resort here & there. Top to bottom DH trail there is near 2 miles and ~1k' elev; the green trail is near 3 miles. I'd be curious how they could make it more punchy XCO style and less winch-and-plummet, etc. but there would be enough terrain there for sure.
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 @paulskibum: wow, I just got sad. How terrible.
  • 3 0
 @Mannra: if they made Going Green the climb and Miracle Mile the DH, I would be a very happy person
  • 2 0
 @JSTootell: well yeah that'd be awesome . They'd want more up and down throughout the course but that as a framework would be great.
  • 26 0
 OMG... USAC didn't screw this one up. It's amazing!
  • 6 4
 Yes. And there was the potential to send Kate COURTNEY ahead of Batten based on UCI points (as was the criteria in the past), or to send Bjorn Riley ahead of Blevins (based on the number of podiums criteria, with U23 given nearly equal weight to Elite)
  • 4 2
 Best comment of the day right here. Smile
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 @taprider: honestly it would be best to keep the Olympics to the Elites but the USA has so few Elites who bother racing the World Cups, so they decide to pull in the U23's. Between Riley, Bjorn and Chris, those were the only racers who were chasing points to even get (2) spots. If they had only one spot, then Riley would have gone over Chris for sure.
  • 7 0
 @taprider: There was no potential. Haley and Savilia both qualified automatically under the USAC XCO selection criteria that was announced in February 2023: "...If positions remain after the preceding criteria, any U.S. eligible athlete with two (2) top-five (5) 2024 UCI Elite World Cup MTB XCO results between January 1, 2024, and May 27, 2024, will be nominated to the 2024 Olympic Games Team)." Both riders got two Top 5 XCO World Cup finishes in the first two rounds at Brazil, so they filled both spots. There was no need for it to go to a discretionary selection.
  • 26 0
 Big Durango energy
  • 3 1
 Common denominator Fort Lewis College
  • 22 2
 Batten down the hatches, there's a Amos powerful storm brewing, and it's about to rain gold medals.
  • 5 0
 Just don't hyperBlevinate
  • 4 0
 @heatproofgenie: Or you might just go Blunk
  • 27 10
 Olympic DH should be a thing.
  • 3 4
 It should totally be a thing
  • 11 2
 Keep the IOC away from our sport!
  • 4 1
 @lewiscraik: it's already so convoluted from uci anyway, would be cool to see it on the biggest world stage.
  • 2 0
 Rootin for the Jamaican DH Team! That would be hella Irie, Dread-I.
  • 13 0
 Solid squad!
  • 13 1
 Thanks for keeping up the XC content PB! GO USA!
  • 7 1
 I wonder how popular mountain biking will be this year compared to the 2020(1?) Olympics. The US team is pretty stacked and I feel like mountain biking has grown like crazy (especially with more participation in youth leagues) since Tokyo.
  • 2 0
 Also the Tokyo race was in the middle of the night for most of the US. Paris will be 530 AM on the west cost 830 AM on the East.
  • 14 0
 It should be gaining in popularity but, of course, the UCI has chosen to limit viewing of races leading up to the Olympics. How not to grow a sport.
  • 7 1
 @jmcgow: fully agree with this, I used to watch the full Mens and womens XCC and XCO live at almost every round, if not live I would watch the whole race on the trainer the next day.... Since they switched from Red Bull, I read the results on PB.
  • 6 1
 Hopefully XC gets saved by the kids. Because my N=1 experience in southern California is that XC is dying, being replaced by eBikes. And from the sounds of it, gravel is taking the rest (or maybe it's the other way around).

I do wish more eBros would try a decent XC bike, since most of them don't send it nearly as hard as they think, and a modern XC bike is so rewarding to ride.
  • 6 0
 Bummer for Bjorn Riley, that kid is steezy as.
  • 1 0
 Is there a defined list of backups in case someone gets injured?
  • 2 1
 @Snowytrail: unlikely given how disorganized USAC is.
  • 1 0
 This would have been the year for Jason Berry and friends to do another Off-road to Athens. For the women at least. I'm sure there was a story and some drama there.
  • 2 0
 Excited for this! Can't wait to see where Amos stacks up.
  • 3 0
  • 2 0
 Blumkins baby! Go for gold!
  • 2 0
 A solid group of contenders right there!
  • 3 0
  • 2 0
 Why are they all wearing the small glasses?
  • 1 0
 My friend asks if one used peds on that level?
  • 1 0
 "What if it’s all already working out?"
  • 9 10
 Why only XC? I think they need to add DH and enduro. During the winter Olympic, skiing has what, 11 different events.
  • 14 2
 How many Olympic host cities in the last 28 years have a, let's say, 3 minute hill within 50 miles of the main Olympic venue? Nevermind one where there exists a course or one could be built.

Cities which can afford to host the Olympics don't tend to be near big hills for growth reasons.
  • 7 0
 @dougfs: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 7 0
 @PhilipVega: I forgot to specify Summer Olympic venues. The Pinkbike comments aren't into snow biking.
  • 10 0
 there already are 11 different cycling events at the Olympics with Road (2), Track (6), BMX (2) and XCO (1).

for a new event, and existing event has to be dropped (more people race Track than DH or Enduro world wide)
  • 10 4
 @taprider: drop modern pentathlon. That sport is a joke. Swimming times probably wouldn't even qualify for US Olympic trials, same with their running. Just a sport for rich people with horses. At least triathletes are decent crossover athletes. Or the shooting sports, does anyone even watch those?
  • 4 0
 @dougfs: theyre doing the olympic wavesurf in Tahiti ! So shouldnt be a problem to do the xc race a little further east , say Les Gets ……
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 @racerfacer: No horses from 2028.
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 @caspar: Fair point, I forgot about the surfing in Tahiti. Wonder why they didn't use Big Sur. Mavericks is probably a bit of a stretch, safety-wise, for the Olympics.
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 @dougfs: They could have a secondary location focused on the more 'outdoor' sports like Archery, Canoeing,
Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Shooting, Sport Climbing, etc.

Depending on the city, the marathon, cycling road races, etc. could also pass through the area.

Paris is particularly bad for trying to find a nearby site with good elevation change to host something like a DH race, but Tokyo wouldn't have been too bad, and you can probably build a track near Los Angeles that would work.

The modern Olympics has so many different sports and disciplines it is impossible to hold all of them in the same location anyway. Summer or winter, you've got many venues spread out over many locations.
  • 3 1
 @dougfs: you do realize during LA for winter they used Mammoth and big bear. You can’t be this dense if you were willing to pull that nonsense from your butt.
  • 1 3
 @dougfs: Mammoth mtn is 5 hours away from LA. And big bear is 3 hours away. This is including traffic. There literal Olympic rings at mammoth from the LA games. Again, how does your response have a validity.

Oh and how about China. They made a man made slope course for the skiers. Still waiting on how you justify your idiotic response. It’s like you don’t even watch the games. Just a random pinkbike Smurf.
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 @dougfs: There are plenty of bike trails on those same mountains. The same resort that held many 2002 Winter Olympics events used to host US National DH races. Skiing requires mountains too, remember?
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 @dougfs: Surfing is in Tahiti because it's basically a French colony, for the time being.
  • 1 0
 @kroozctrl: Cool your jets there. LA is in the future, not the past.
  • 1 0
 @motts: I was getting mixed up with LA.
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 @dougfs: Why would France use a non-French location?
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 @LeDuke: I got mixed up between 2024 and 2028 when thinking about the locations. I already pointed this out.
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 @dougfs: Ain't no surfing for anyone but commandos in Big Sur....LOL. Mavericks is basically in SF and breaks big only a few times a year.
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