Truckee’s Nash misses out on Olympic medal
August 13, 2012
TRUCKEE, Calif. – Truckee mountain biker Katerina Nash, of Czech Republic, recorded a 14th-place finish in the final of the women’s mounting biking competition at the London Olympics on Saturday. According to official statistics, Nash, 34, posted a time of 1 hour, 36 minutes, 22 seconds.
Julie Bresset, France, won gold, while Sabine Spitz, Germany, took silver. American Georgia Gould won bronze. Gould, along with Catharine Pendrel, Canada, are teammates of Nash’s on the LUNA Chix Pro Team.
“I gave it my best,” Nash told the Reno Gazette-Journal’s Lauren Gustus during an interview after the race from Essex, England. “I gave it everything. My legs were screaming at me for the last two laps. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t enough for the top group.”
Nash, who moved to America in 2000, represented the Czech Republic at the first-ever Olympic mountain bike event in 1996 in Atlanta. She also competed in the cross-country skiing events at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, an in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, making up a very short list of athletes who have represented their country at multiple Summer and Winter Olympic Games.