July 20th, 2024

Mitchell looks to defend title in Paris as part of Canada’s Olympic cycling team

By The Canadian Press on June 25, 2024.

TORONTO – Kelsey Mitchell of Sherwood Park, Alta., will look to defend her Olympic sprint cycling title as part of Canada’s cycling team at this summer’s Paris Games.

Mitchell, who won gold in the women’s sprint on the last day of competition at the Tokyo Olympics, was part of the 21-athlete roster announced Tuesday by Cycling Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Joining Mitchell on the track will be Lauriane Genest of Levis, Que., who won the women’s keirin bronze medal in Tokyo.

Ottawa’s Michael Woods, who finished fifth in the men’s road race in Tokyo, will be back for the Paris Games.

He’ll be joined by Derek Gee, also from Ottawa, who competed in track cycling in Tokyo. Gee recently finished third in the multistage Critérium du Dauphiné.

Two-time world junior champion Isabella Holmgren and brother Gunnar Holmgren of Orillia, Ont., will compete in mountain bike, while Molly Simpson of Red Deer, Alta., is Canada’s lone BMX racer in Paris.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 25, 2024.

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