Weight: 195 lbs
Place of Birth: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Residence: Long Beach, Calif.
Pro Team/Sponsors: Momentum Cycling (USA)
Education: Santa Barbara City College, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Olympic Experience: 2004 (11th, men's team sprint)
An Olympian in 2004 as a member of the three-man team sprint squad, Adam Duvendeck is looking to qualify for his second Olympic Games. The former kilometer time trial specialist recently refocused his efforts on other sprint events such as the keirin, sprint and team sprint after the international governing body removed the four-lap race from the Olympic program for 2008.
As a multi-sport athlete growing up, Adam competed in baseball, soccer, tennis and volleyball, but began his cycling career as a mountain biker at the age of 13. After just one year of off-road racing, Adam purchased his first road bike and eventually made the switch to track cycling under the guidance of 1984 Olympian Rory O'Reilly. At the age of 17, Adam made a splash on the national level with a surprise victory in the kilometer time trial at the 1999 USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships. Since then, Adam has illustrated his versatility as a solid all-around sprinter, winning elite national titles in the keirin (2006), team sprint (2003), kilometer time trial (2000) and sprint (2000).
Following the 2004 Olympic Games, Adam semi-retired from the sport to pursue an education from Santa Barbara City College. Upon his return to competitive cycling in 2006, Adam re-emerged as one of the nation's fastest sprinters, winning a national title in the keirin that October.
Outside of cycling, Adam enjoys several hobbies, including dancing, fishing and cooking.
Points of Interest
- Adam's real name is Jeremy, but he prefers to go by his given middle name.
- In 2000, Adam and close friend and fellow Olympian Giddeon Massie formed a track team called "Focus 2004", a squad where athletes made a public pledge to remain drug free.
- Like many world-class cyclists, Adam was forced to focus on a different event after his specialty - the kilometer time trial - was removed from the Games.