According to the Canadian Press, 19 year-old Jasmin Glaesser won two medals yesterday at the World Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne, Australia.
Glaesser won Silver in the Women’s 25 kilometre points race and also helped Team Canada to a Bronze medal with Edmonton’s Tara Whitten and Victoria’s Gillian Carleton in the women’s team pursuit. It should be noted however that of the two events that Glaesser won a medal in, only the women’s team pursuit is at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The men’s and women’s points race was dropped from the Olympic program following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Still the future is bright for Glaesser, who is competing against much older competitors and could lead a much stronger women’s cycling contingent into the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
One cycling discipline that will be in London however is the Omnium for the first time, and Team Canada has a medal threat in that discipline from one of the most unlikeliest places. Watson Lake, Yukon’s Zach Bell proved to the world today that he will be a medal contender after he finished in second place at the World Track Cycling Championships in the men’s Omnium.