Lea Davison reinforced her claim for a podium spot at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Saturday by taking the silver medal at the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic..
Named to her second Olympic Team a week prior, Davison rode strategically to earn her second world championship medal. Lurking near the front of the field, she seized an opportunity to challenge for the podium when tire punctures took out two contenders ahead of her. She then mounted her challenge in the final lap to complete the course in 1:31:25, 1:12 behind Denmark’s Annika Langvad. Canada’s Emily Batty won a battle for bronze with Maja Wosczczowska of Poland, both posting a time of 1:31:57.
The silver medal joins the bronze Davison won at the 2014 worlds. A year ago she scored a world cup silver medal in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, for the best finish by a U.S. rider in the past five years.
Since mountain biking was added to the Olympic program at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, the United States women have claimed two medals, both bronze – the first by Susan DeMattei in 1996 and the other by Georgia Gould at the London 2012 Olympic Games.