Australia looks beyond cycling to replenish women’s track team before Paris Olympics

Australias Anna Meares competes in the Womens sprint qualifying track cycling event at the Velodrome during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14 2016 AFP Odd ANDERSEN Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSENAFP via Getty Images
Anna Meares at her last Olympics in 2016 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Facing a depleted women’s track team after the retirement of two pivotal figures since the Rio Olympics – Anna Meares and Stephanie Morton – Australia is turning outside the sport of cycling to try and quickly build a gold medal winning women’s team sprint squad for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Meares, who won six medals over four Olympics, retired after Rio in 2016 while Stephanie Morton made the decision to walk away from the sport after the Olympics was postponed last year. Her 33-year-old team sprint partner Kaarlee McCulloch, who won a bronze medal in London, also has said she’s thinking about whether or not she’ll commit to another Olympic cycle after Tokyo. 

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