U.S. Cycling Team Wraps Up Rio Paralympics With 18 Medals

By Nick Kiger | Sept. 17, 2016, 11:49 a.m. (ET)

(L-R) Samantha Bosco and Megan Fisher compete on the final day of cycling at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The U.S. cycling team wrapped up competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games today. While U.S. athletes did not make any podiums on the final day of road competition, the team did have several strong finishes despite hot and windy conditions.

Samantha Bosco (Springhill, Florida) had the best finish for the Americans, crossing the line in a time of 2:22.06 for sixth place in the first race of the day, the women’s C4-5 road race. Bosco was in a four-person sprint for third place in the last 200 meters before fatigue set in at the 25-meter mark, dropping her into sixth place.

“It was grueling just trying to remain steady and pick people off throughout the race,” said Bosco. “In the end we got it down to a small group of four girls fighting for third place and I just didn’t have the legs at the end today.”

Bosco will leave Rio with two bronze medals (3000m individual pursuit and time trial), which is something the first-time Paralympian is extremely satisfied with.

“Coming away with two medals is just amazing. It’s a dream come true and adds fuel to the fire for next time.”

Also taking part in the C4-5 road race were Army veteran Jennifer Schuble (Homewood, Alabama), who finished in 8th, followed by fellow Army veteran Shawn Morelli (Meadville, Pennsylvania) in 10th and Megan Fisher (Missoula, Montana), who finished twelfth.   

After the race, Schuble made note of how a difficult course, coupled with the tough weather conditions, affected most rider’s performances in the 72km race.

“It was extremely windy today and also very hot which made it a race of attrition,” said Schuble. “It was a brutal race. It was the hardest Paralympic Games road race course ever and it really showed who the strongest riders really are.”

In the second race of the day, the men’s C4-5 road race, Marine Corps veteran Scott Martin (Oceanside, California) and Chris Murphy (Rancho Cucamonga) finished 21st and 24th, respectively.

Martin, like Schuble, made note of how much the conditions impacted today’s race.

“The crosswinds made things extremely hard today. Going out was not bad but coming back it was tough. There was just nowhere to hide from the cross winds so once we got to the climbs, we were done,” said Martin.

In afternoon action for the U.S. were Aaron Scheidies (Seattle, Washington) and Shawn Cheshire (Camillus, New York). Scheidies finished 11th in the Men’s road race B while Cheshire was ninth in the women’s road race B.

As a team, the U.S had arguably its best Paralympic Games performance ever. The U.S. finished the road cycling program in Rio with 13 medals, one more than they won four years ago at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The team also collected five medals during the track cycling, which matched its total from the London Games. The 18 total medals (four gold, nine silver, five bronze), is the most ever won in Paralympic cycling by a U.S. team.

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