"Gobsmackingly Brilliant" rides of 2000

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Gary Neiwand


This one is somewhat self-serving, but none-the-less exciting. Gary Neiwand's campaign in the Keirin at those same Games. He was definitely the underdog going in (not even expected to compete until Hilly stepped aside - probably the greatest move Hilly has ever made, on or off the bike - good on ya', mate!), but his performance throughout the day served notice that he was going to be the man to beat. And, he didn't disappoint. He controlled the final like the true champion that he is, only to have the race not pan out in his favour as he had to take the lead too early for those 'old-timer' legs. As he rounded the final bend, still in the lead, all the determination and grit of his 25 year career was on display for everyone to see. He just didn't have enough 'Gaz' to make it across the line first - that elusive Olympic Gold still one step away on the podium. Three medals in three different Olympic Games - sounds familiar!!

Curt Harnett
Toronto, Canada
Tue, 12 Dec