Cyclist Kristina Vogel has joined a growing number of Olympic athletes and coaches demanding to know how Team Great Britain got so good.
“Of course I’m not saying that they took drugs or had an engine in the bikes,” said the 25-year-old, who won the team sprint gold in London. “It’s just that it seems that they don’t train for three years, and then they start and at every Olympic Games they kill every nation! I just want to know what they’re riding and I’m not!”
After a disappointing 10th place result in the individual track sprint in Rio on Monday, Anna Meares, who is Australia’s Olympic captain, turned her attention to the over-performing British cyclists and said it wasn’t just the Australian team who had questions about the British.
“The British are just phenomenal when it comes to the Olympic Games, and we’re all just scratching our heads going ‘how do they lift so much when in so many events they have not even been in contention in the world championships?”, she said.
“They’ve got it together, and to be honest I’m not exactly sure what they’ve got together.”
French sprint coach Laurent Gané has said he can’t understand their performances. Gané told reporters in Rio: “The recipe should be asked for from our neighbours because I don’t understand. I don’t know what they’re doing. I’d love to know. These are teams that do nothing extraordinary for four years and once they arrive at the Olympics they out-class the rest of the world”.
But British sprint coach Justin Grace said the team simply did everything a little better than their rivals. By Tuesday, Team GB had won four golds from six entries.
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