Muffy Davis won her first ever individual Paralympic gold medal Wednesday at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
BRANDS HATCH, England – Following a four medal performance on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team added three medals in the afternoon to close out the first day of the road cycling competition with seven total medals. The U.S. cyclists won five medals in all track events combined.
Muffy Davis (Salt Lake City, Utah) won gold in the Individual H1-2 Time Trial. Monica Bascio (Evergreen, Colo.) won silver in the Individual H3 Time Trial and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Oz Sanchez (San Diego, Calif.) won bronze in the Individual H4 Time Trial.
"It was a great course, very challenging,” Davis said. “It played to my strengths - I'm a power rider, so good and strong on the hills. I mean, they're hard, it's a hard course. The road race, we have to do six laps, so it definitely deserves respect. The course, it's not easy, it is technical, it's hilly, you really have to think a lot out there and you have to respect it and pace yourself. But it was wonderful."
Her time of 31:06.39 put her ahead of Great Britain’s Karen Darke. American Alicia Dana (Putney, Vt.), making her debut at the Paralympic Games, finished fifth with a time of 18:37.82.
"I didn't expect to be competing in another Paralympics,” said Davis, who also competes in winter sports. “My last Games were 10 years ago. I didn't expect to be back in Paralympic competition. I started riding my bike to get back in shape after having my daughter. I love cycling."
Davis is not done with her quest for gold.
"I've got two more races, I'd like two more medals,” she said. “I'm not done, I'm just starting. Rio. I would love to. If my body holds out, I'm not a spring chicken anymore.”
Sanchez finished third in his race with a 12:42.24, behind Italy’s Alessandro Zanardi (12:11.13) and Germany’s Norbert Mosandly (12:24.46).