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Koerber wins Pan American championship

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Paula Quiros (Argentina)

Paula Quiros (Argentina)
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Willow Koerber (USA)

Willow Koerber (USA)
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Angela Parra Sierra (Colombia) outsprints Mical Dyck (Canada) for fourth place.

Angela Parra Sierra (Colombia) outsprints Mical Dyck (Canada) for fourth place.
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Angela Parra Sierra (Colombia)

Angela Parra Sierra (Colombia)
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Heather Irmiger (USA)

Heather Irmiger (USA)
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Mary McConneloug (USA)

Mary McConneloug (USA)
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Angela Parra Sierra (Colombia)

Angela Parra Sierra (Colombia)
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Paula Quiros (Argentina) attacked very hard at the start of the U23 cross country.

Paula Quiros (Argentina) attacked very hard at the start of the U23 cross country.
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Laura Abril (Colombia) en route to gold in the U23 cross country.

Laura Abril (Colombia) en route to gold in the U23 cross country.
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Mikaela Kofman (Canada) earned the silver medal in the U23 cross country.

Mikaela Kofman (Canada) earned the silver medal in the U23 cross country.
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The U23 women's podium (l-r): Mikaela Kofman, Laura Abril and Paula Quiros.

The U23 women's podium (l-r): Mikaela Kofman, Laura Abril and Paula Quiros.
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Mical Dyck (Canada)

Mical Dyck (Canada)
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Willow Koerber (USA) wins the elite women's XC.

Willow Koerber (USA) wins the elite women's XC.
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The elite women's podium (l-r): Mary McConneloug, Willow Koerber and Heather Irmiger.

The elite women's podium (l-r): Mary McConneloug, Willow Koerber and Heather Irmiger.
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Willow Koerber (USA) earned a gold medal in the women's cross country.

Willow Koerber (USA) earned a gold medal in the women's cross country.
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Heather Irmiger completed the USA's sweep of the women's cross country with her third place finish.

Heather Irmiger completed the USA's sweep of the women's cross country with her third place finish.
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Mary McConneloug (USA) won silver in the women's cross country.

Mary McConneloug (USA) won silver in the women's cross country.
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The United States brought its 'A' team to the Pan American Mountain Bike Championships for the cross-country and the riders didn't disappoint, with the women sweeping the podium, led by Willow Koerber.

With Koerber, Mary McConneloug and Heather Irmiger on the start line, the only surprise would have been if the US hadn't taken at least two medals. Koerber rode away early in the first lap of the five lap race, and maintained her lead all the way to the finish. McConneloug similarly took control of second place, but Irmiger had a battle early in the race with Canada's Mical Dyck, before finally pulling away to complete the podium sweep.

"I just wanted to push it," explained Koerber. "I got a gap on the first lap, and I was trying to make myself hurt, because that is what the World Cups will be like. I had my first race of the year just a couple of weeks ago at Fontana, and I won the short track there, so I knew that I had the speed. I've had a couple of thirds at the Pan Ams, so I'm happy to get my first win."

In the four lap Under 23 race, Laura Abril of Colombia took control early in the first lap and quickly distanced herself from the rest of the field. Kofman had early problems, with a rear flat the necessitated a pit stop. She steadily worked her way back through the field to move into second by the final lap, with Paula Quiros of Argentina finishing third.

Provisional Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Willow Koerber (United States of America)
2Mary McConneloug (United States of America)
3Heather Irmiger (United States of America)
4Angela Parra Sierra (Colombia)
5Mical Dyck (Canada)
7Amand Sin (Canada)

Under 23 women
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Laura Abril (Colombia)
2Mikaela Kofman (Canada)
3Paula Quiros (Argentina)
4Daniela Rojas (Chile)
5Ana Teresa Casas (Mexico)
6Angela Mora (Mexico)

 

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