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Holden claims downhill title

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Women's podium: Dromundo, Holden, Oliveira

Women's podium: Dromundo, Holden, Oliveira
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Lorena Dromundo took silver for Mexico

Lorena Dromundo took silver for Mexico
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Katie Holden gave the U.S. its first title of the Pan Ams

Katie Holden gave the U.S. its first title of the Pan Ams
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Four cross winner Luana Oliveira finished 3rd in the downhill

Four cross winner Luana Oliveira finished 3rd in the downhill
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Katie Holden (United States) on her way to victory

Katie Holden (United States) on her way to victory
(Image credit: Wenceslao Rodriguez/ WRS IMAGENES)
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Luana Oliveira was the bronze medallist

Luana Oliveira was the bronze medallist
(Image credit: Wenceslao Rodriguez/ WRS IMAGENES)
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Lorena Dromundo finished second

Lorena Dromundo finished second
(Image credit: Wenceslao Rodriguez/ WRS IMAGENES)

American rider Katie Holden claimed the women's downhill event at the 2010 Pan American Mountain Bike Continental Championships. She defeated Lorena Dromundo (Mexico) and four cross winner Luana Oliveira (Brazil).

Holden's victory came after she had nearly crashed in her qualifying round. The near-miss gave her a better idea of how to approach her race-winning final run.

"I knew that my qualifier hadn't gone so well, hadn't gone as well as it could have, so I decided to do the final differently. I realized that I had to slow down to go faster, just be super smooth and concentrate on taking the best lines," said Holden.

"I know that I probably could have gone a lot faster, but this track can catch you off guard. So, I toned it back a bit, and the whole way down I was thinking 'tranquilo, tranquilo'..."

Full results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katie Holden (United States of America)0:04:52.20
2Lorena Dromundo (Mexico)0:00:15.25
3Luana Oliveira (Brazil)0:00:57.40
4Veronica Miranda (Chile)0:00:58.35
5Katherine Rodrigu (Venezuela)0:03:36.05

Cadet women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mariana Salazar (El Salvador)0:05:12.90

Master B2 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Humberto Jaquez (Mexico)0:04:55.05

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