BRANDS HATCH, England – It is time for American road cyclists to shine. After U.S. athletes won five medals in track cycling, Team USA nearly matched that total on the road, with four medals in the morning races of road cycling’s opening day Wednesday, including gold medals from Meg Fisher (Missoula, Mont.) and Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.).
Joseph Berenyi (Aurora, Ill.) won the silver medal in the men’s individual C3 time trial, completing his set of medals from the London 2012 Paralympic Games. He won gold and bronze on the track. In the women's individual C5 time trial, Kelly Crowley (San Francisco, Calif.) won bronze.
Fisher claimed the first gold medal of the day for the red, white and blue, taking the top prize in women's individual C4 time trial over Australia’s Susan Powell. Fisher, a silver medalist in the women's individual C4 pursuit in track cycling, finished in a time of 26:04.39 while Powell came in 26 seconds later.
"I'm feeling smashed,” Fisher said. “It was a really strong field, I've been going back and forth with Susan for a couple of years now. Everyone's become so talented and worked so hard in the off season to prepare themselves for these races. It's just such an honor to be here and compete against them. I applaud everyone's efforts."
Jones added to a bronze medal in the women’s individual C1-3 pursuit on the track with her first ever gold medal in the summer Games. She won the women's individual C 1-3 time trial with a time of 28:17.47. Tereza Diepoldova of Czech Republic was second with 29:09.25.
"It feels amazing,” Jones said. “It's horrible with the time factor time, so you never know where you are exactly or what split you hear. You don't know if someone's way ahead or behind you, if it's a good split or a bad split. All I knew is I wanted to go fast and I did. I did the race that I wanted to do and executed perfectly."
A successful Team USA skier, Jones becomes the second U.S. woman to win Paralympic gold medals in both the summer and winter games, joining current wheelchair basketball player Alana Nichols (Farmington, N.M.). Nichols, a member of the 2012 team, won wheelchair basketball gold at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and skiing gold in 2010. Jones won her winter gold at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games.
“I lost out on the factor in '08 [at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games],” Jones said. “I won the race straight up and lost it in the factor, so this year to have the factor again and actually win it, oh, that was four years coming man."
Road cycling continues Wednesday afternoon outside of London.