1) What does the long list even mean?
The long list (as I understand it) is like the first cut for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. There are 8 women on the list, two automatic nominations and 6 discretionary adds. I am a discretionary add. Being on the list means I have a fair shot at one of the 2 spots on the actual Olympic team.
2) When will those 2 be selected?
I think June 24 is our day (and my sissy's birthday!)
3) How will those 2 be selected?
There is a whole laundry list of things USA Cycling is looking at, but what it comes down to is mostly the World Cup standings as of June 24. Most likely the 2 highest ranking US riders will make the Olympic team. There are 5 world cups before that date, and I am hoping to get to 4 of them (the ones in Europe).
4) So what are your chances anyway?
It will be really really hard to qualify if I cannot get to the world cups, and as I wasn't planning on going to the first world cup in Australia that makes it even more difficult (but not impossible). I'm going to work my butt off, but the financial burden of getting to so many races overseas makes it an uphill battle. That being said, I am working so hard to try and raise the funds necessary to get to the important races to keep the dream alive :) After that, in terms of athletic ability and what not, I'm going to try my best, but there are many many very talented ladies on the long list, so I am stoked just to be on the list :) We will see what happens in June!
5) What can I do to help you achieve your Olympic dreams?
Keep being the awesome family, friends, and fans that you are! All the support I've received since the announcement has been overwhelming, and has been even more fuel to the already crazy bonfire of motivation I have roaring away inside my core :) I am so humbled by the number of people who reached out to me to congratulate me on the news about making the long list.
If you are dying to do more, I am still in some serious need for financial support. My team does an amazing job covering all sorts of costs and getting me to tons of races in the US, but I will need to buy some expensive plane tickets this spring, as well as pay for lodging in the countries where the world cups take place. The Sprocketheads have suggested I start a GoFundMe account so the average person can chip in $20 or so (which seriously makes a HUGE difference) so here is a link to that!
But seriously, thanks for the encouragement, for believing in me and for cheering me on. I am STOKED to be in this place in life right now, and so so stoked about this crazy cool opportunity!
In other news, Carl and I went on the stupid-est ride ever this past Sunday. More on that tomorrow, because it's time to GO RIDE BIKES!!
|From our crazy stupid ride :)|