Earlier this season, the idea that Team Type 1's Glen Chadwick would be chosen to represent New Zealand at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China would have seemed far-fetched. After all, in February, he was hospitalized with such a severe case of Epstein-Barr virus that his internal organs had begun shutting down and he questioned whether or not he would survive the illness.
Now, the 31 year-old has become the second rider from his Team Type 1 to earn a trip to Beijing. Moises Aldape learned last month that he will represent Mexico.
"It sure does feel awesome to become an Olympian," Chadwick said. "I have represented New Zealand at the world championships before, but this is a sportsman's dream. It comes once every four years, so there are fewer chances to go."
Joining Chadwick on the Kiwi road team will be Tim Gudsell (Française des Jeux) and fast-finisher Julian Dean (Garmin-Chipotle presented by H30). Team Type 1 Sport Director Ed Beamon said Chadwick will work unselfishly for Dean, just as he has for the team-mates on his current squad.
"It's a tribute to Glen's individual ability and his teamwork ability that he got the selection," Beamon said. "I can't think of a guy who would be a better team-mate than Glen. From our perspective, he's been one of those guys who has done an incredible amount of work for the team."
Chadwick has experienced his own success this season, winning two stages and the overall title at the inaugural Tour of Arkansas in May. In 2007, he was New Zealand's national time trial champion. '