Canada announces Olympic mountain bike selection pool

Final team to come from list of 13 candidates

Cycling Canada unveiled the list of athletes who have qualified for the 2012 Olympic Selection Pool for Mountain Bike, a short-list group of riders from which the 2012 Canadian Olympic Cycling Team will be drawn from.

"The Canadian mountain bike program has developed significantly over the past four years. We have exceptional riders on both the men's and women's side of the program. It's an exciting time for our sport with several riders set to continue Canada's rich tradition of success," said Dan Proulx, Head Coach of the Canadian Mountain Bike Team on Sunday.

Through the UCI Qualification process, Canada qualified two spots for the men's Olympic cross country race and two spots for the women's Olympic cross country race.

Athletes in the Olympic selection pool have all qualified as a result of their performances since the UCI Qualification Window has been opened. As per the approved Selection guidelines, the High Performance advisory committee of Cycling Canada, comprised of many specialists, will gather and proceed with the selection of athletes who will be nominated to the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team to represent Canada at the upcoming Olympic Games in London, United Kingdom.

The list of nominated athletes to the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team will be announced on June 20 at the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec.

Olympic Selection Pool - Mountain Bike, Women
Catharine Pendrel (Team Luna Pro)
Emily Batty (Team Subaru-Trek)
Marie-Hélène Prémont (Team Rocky Mountain Bicycles)
Catharine Vipond (Team Norco Factory Team)
Jean-Ann Berkenpas (Team Xprezo-Borsao)
Amanda Sin (Team Scott-3RoxRacing)
Sandra Walter (Team Xprezo-Borsao)

Olympic Selection Pool - Mountain Bike, Men
Max Plaxton (Specialized Racing USA)
Geoff Kabush (Team Scott-3RoxRacing)
Derek Zandstra (Team Scott-3RoxRacing)
Matthew Hadley (Team Xprezo-Borsao)
Cameron Jette (Team Scott-3RoxRacing)
Adam Morka (Team Trek Canada)

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