March 23rd, 2018

Hat Olympic medallist returns with RBC Training Ground event

By Sean Rooney on March 14, 2018.

Medicine Hat News

Medicine Hat Olympic bronze medallist Kirsti Lay is coming home for a special event designed to give potential future Olympians the chance to stand out from the crowd.

Lay —who got her start speed skating in the Gas City before moving to Calgary and eventually picking up cycling —was part of the Canadian pursuit cycling team that won bronze at the Rio Games in 2016. Aside from training herself, she’s been front and centre for the RBC Training Ground series of combines this year in Alberta.

Training Ground comes to the Family Leisure Centre Saturday, March 24 with Canadian Olympic Committee staff on the lookout for top athletes. The free event for anyone aged 14 to 25 will include body type analysis (to determine which Olympic sports you might excel in) as well as speed, power, strength and endurance tests. It was those sort of tests that led Lay to switch from the ice to the bike five years ago, though an ankle injury was what started the transition.

Top performers might get an invite to a regional event in Calgary April 21, or be contacted by specific sport organizations separately.

To register visit the website

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