Julien Absalon and Sabine Spitz Climb To Mountain Bike Olympic Gold

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 23, 2008 (AFP) - Frenchman Julien Absalon took his mountain bike status to new heights on Saturday when he became the first rider to defend the men's Olympic cross country title. Absalon kept the gold in French hands for the third Olympics in a row - following Miguel Martinez's victory at Sydney in 2000 - thanks to a commanding display early in the … [Read more...]

It’s Game On For Historic Zimbabwean Mountain Biker In Beijing

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 21, 2008 (AFP) - Antipass Kwari is under no illusions about his chances of medal glory ahead of this Saturday's Olympic mountain bike gold race. But his coach Wayne Davidson is getting excited at the opportunity Kwari, the first Zimabbwean to compete in Olympic mountain biking, has to showcase the sport to Africa. "The importance of this cannot be … [Read more...]

Julien Absalon The Target, But He Wants Nothing Less Than Olympic Gold

by Justin Davis BEIJING, Aug 21, 2008 (AFP) - Choosing the color of an Olympic medal is a luxury that comes to few top athletes. But when it comes to men's mountain biking, one man stands out from the rest. And Frenchman Julien Absalon wants nothing less than gold. "If I don't win a medal it will be a major disappointment. Winning a medal would be good, but I'd like to be able … [Read more...]