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Sarah scores a pair of Olympic silver medals

Bang! Bang! Sarah’s silver hammer came down upon the competition’s heads resulting in a pair of silver medals at the London Olympic Games. The first came when Sarah teamed with Dotsie Bausch, Jennie Reed and Lauren Tamayo for a historic ride in the women’s team pursuit, which debuted as an Olympic event at which Team USA set a new American record in the 3-kilometer track race in a time of 3:16:853. Sarah’s monster pulls in the final kilometer powered the women to victory over the Australians and into the gold medal round against the powerful host nation, Great Britain. The ladies rode valiantly against the world record-setting Brits, proudly earning the silver.

A couple days later, Sarah competed individually in the women’s omnium, a series of six endurance and sprint races that unfolded over two days. Again, Great Britain provided the stiffest competition in Laura Trott, but Sarah was focused and ready. After the first day, Sarah and Team GB’s Trott were tied in points, but the Brit had the slight edge due to her placings. Day 2 began with Sarah winning her signature event, the individual pursuit. Sarah gained a one-point advantage by finishing ahead of Trott in the scratch race, but Trott was able to overcome the deficit by winning the final event, the 500-meter time trial, leaving Sarah a single point shy of gold.

“The 500 has been the hardest one for me in past events. That's what I've been training for. That was kinda what got me there in the end. It was a personal best for me. I've never gone sub-36 (seconds). I've been training and waiting for that moment. There's always things that coulda, woulda, hoped for, but that's the nature of the omnium. You don't know how other people are going to place here or there. If you would have changed your move, maybe that would have shuffled places of other people. I'm really thrilled getting through all six of those events. I gave it my best shot on every single one. That's why I get to have this around my neck right now,” said Sarah beaming. “It came down to the last race, the last heat, going for the gold medal ride. It's everything I had been dreaming of, wanting for the last two years. I've dedicated myself to this omnium event. I'm now the proud owner of two of these silver medals. It's an amazing dream that I've been dreaming about since I was 10 years-old, starting cycling in Temecula, California. Now I get to go home and share this with my friends and family. My husband is here, but I can't wait to show everybody back at home."

Sarah and her husband/coach, Andy Sparks, are home in Temecula catching up with family and friends before enjoying a short vacation with their golden retriever, Dakota. Looking ahead, Sarah plans to continue competing through the 2014 World Championships in Colombia, a track she adores. With talk of the women’s individual pursuit returning to the Olympic program in Rio 2016, the four-time world champion in the discipline is contemplating riding for gold in one more Olympiad.

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