MILTON, Ontario -- Kelly Catlin cruised to her first Pan American Games gold medal in the women’s individual time trial Wednesday at the Milton Time Trial Course after winning the silver medal in team pursuit on the velodrome earlier in the week.
The win came in an event Catlin wasn’t initially competing in in Toronto.
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“They subbed me in because the United States didn’t bring a large road squad,” Catlin said. “So they said, ‘You get to do this,’ and I was like, ‘Oh no.’”
Catlin made the most of the opportunity, finishing the flat, 19.5-kilometer course in 26:25.58 in brisk, windy conditions.
“It hurt, that would be the best description, but it was really motivating because you had to look down at your power meter and so it really made me focus,” Catlin said.
Canadian Jasmin Glaesser won silver in 27:01.31, 35 seconds behind Catlin after suffering a flat tire midway through the race, while El Salvador’s Evelyn Garcia earned the bronze medal in 27:20.24.
“It's really exciting, it's a really cool Games, it just hasn't sunk in yet,” Catlin said. “It's a huge honor, so I'm really excited to stand on the podium and be a part of that.”
Winning for Team USA was an honor for Catlin, but the 19-year-old is mulling over pursuing cycling professionally, in addition to her current course load as a double major at University of Minnesota.
“I really like being a college student so it’s really hard because it’s hard to be a professional athlete and a college student at the same time,” Catlin said. “It’s been hard for me to choose. Do I put a priority on cycling or schoolwork? I’m still trying to figure it out.”
In the men’s race, Eric Marcotte finished seventh place with a time of 48:07.27, nearly three minutes behind gold medalist Hugo Houle of Canada.