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Nothstein, Mirabella among those nominated

6/25/2004

Two-time Olympic medalist Marty Nothstein and returning Olympian
Erin Mirabella were among the seven riders nominated Friday by USA
Cycling to compete in the Athens Games.

Nothstein, the men's sprint gold medalist at Sydney in 2000 and
a silver winner in the same event at Atlanta in 1996, leads a team
of five U.S. men's track riders.

Other American men on the roster include Colby Pearce of
Boulder, Colo., Adam Duvendeck of Santa Barbara, Calif., Giddeon
Massie of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Christian Stahl of Bethany,
Conn. All four of those riders are headed to the Olympics for the
first time.

Mirabella, who was eighth in the individual pursuit race in
Sydney, will be joined on the women's roster by Jennie Reed of
Kirkland, Wash.

The average age of the seven track riders is 26; three of them --
Duvendeck, Massie and Stahl -- haven't yet reached their 23rd
birthdays.

"It's a smaller team than it was in 2000, a younger team
generally than in 2000," U.S. Olympic cycling team leader Steve
Johnson said. "This is really, I think, our medal hopefuls for
2008. The track program has been in a rebuilding mode, so our
expectations aren't as great as they would have been in 2000."

Nothstein, of Orefield, Pa., retreated from track cycling after
the 2000 Games to begin focusing on road races, and had
considerable domestic success. But he returned to the track circuit
and earned his Olympic berth by placing 13th in this year's World
Cup standings -- despite missing three of the five points races.

"We've got a young group and that first Olympic step is a big
one," Nothstein said. "The Olympics is a special event and brings
out the best in everybody. I'm looking forward to getting back on
that platform."

Pearce, a seven-time national champion, was third in the overall
World Cup standings this year and won a gold medal at the
season-finale in Sydney. Duvendeck, Massie and Stahl -- the probable
team sprint entry for the United States in Athens -- were ninth in
the World Cup overall team standings this year, earning their
Olympic bids.

The women's medal outlook seems promising, considering both Reed
and Mirabella consistently grabbed top-five finishes on this year's
World Cup circuit.

Reed won the women's keirin bronze medal at this year's world
championships, and will ride both the sprint and 500-meter time
trial in Athens. And Mirabella, of Racine, Wis., finished the World
Cup season ranked fourth overall.

"Given their competitiveness and recent performances in
international competition, we're looking forward to seeing what we
can do on the Olympic stage," USA Cycling CEO Gerard Bisceglia in
a statement released by team officials.

USA Cycling is sending 18 riders to Athens. The eight-member
road team, which will include five-time defending Tour de France
champion Lance Armstrong, will formally be named July 6; the three
mountain bikers who will race in the Olympics will be named July
13.