By Paul D. Bowker | Sept. 07, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Lea Davison competes in women's cross-country at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on Aug. 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


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Two-time Olympian Lea Davison, and 2016 Olympians Chloe Woodruff and Howard Grotts are among 41 U.S. athletes competing at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships this week in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Both the elite women’s and elite men’s Olympic cross-country races are scheduled for Saturday. Davison and Woodruff are being joined in the women’s competition by national champions Kate Courtney and Erin Huck along with Ellen Noble.

Courtney, a silver medalist at the U23 World Championships, is ranked ninth in the world cup standings and has finished among the top 10 in her last six world cup races.

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Grotts, Keegan Swenson and Luke Vrouwenvelder are in the men’s competition.

The U.S. finished sixth in the cross-country relay on Wednesday.

The five-day competition finishes up with the elite women’s and men’s downhill races Sunday. Caroline Washam and Abigail Hogie are in the elite women’s downhill.

Aaron Gwin, who won a bronze medal at last year’s world championships and is in eighth place in the world cup standings, leads seven U.S. men in downhill. Joining him are Charlie Harrison, Dakotah Norton, Luca Shaw, Neko Mulally, Kiran Mackinnon and Nik Nestoroff.

TV: Noon ET Saturday, 7 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc