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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) once again placed the highest bid on the sought-after American slots to attend the London 2012 Olympics with the best placing this year by an American in the 2012 World Cup.
Her fourth place at World Cup #3 in Nove Mesto na Morave is the best American placing so far in the 2012 World Cup for either men or women.
After Houffalize, where her 12th place was also the highest American placing, Gould leads the American World Cup standings, only nine points outside the top 10 overall. She overtook Lea Davison in the standings, who was in 18th after two rounds. Davison’s 14th place in Pietermaritzburg was the best American time in the first round, 22 seconds faster than compatriot Heather Irmiger.
The men have been having a harder run of things in the 2012 World Cup. Olympic team favorite Todd Wells (Specialized Racing) chose to skip the Pietermaritzburg World Cup after taking a hard hit practicing on the course and is currently 48th in the World Cup, the second highest standing among the American men.
Samuel Schultz (Subaru – Trek) leads the men’s World Cup, in 30th place. Stephen Ettinger (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) is just behind Wells, in 49th.
The battle is still heated in anticipation of the US Olympic cross country team nominations, to be announced June 15.
The women’s Olympic cross country race will be held at Hadleigh Farm in Essex on August 11, 2012, followed by the men the following day at the same venue.