In the medal final, Canada took control of the race from the start and were over six-tenths of a second ahead after the first 1000 metres. By the mid-point of the race the lead was above one second, and at the end the Canadian squad finished nearly four seconds in front of their opponents. The fifth member of the team, Laura Brown, rode in the qualifying round and also received the bronze medal.
Jasmin Glaesser, the only returning member of the bronze medal-winning team from the London Olympics, commented, “It was a great ride. Four years ago, it was a little bit of a surprise, but this time around [a medal] was our goal and focus, and this is the result of four years of hard work. To put it together on the day, when it matters, is an incredible feeling.
“Qualifying was a disappointment because we knew we had a lot more, but every ride since then we’ve taken seconds off of our time, including setting two national records today. the ride this evening was really incredible, and it felt like every one of us left it all out there and didn’t hold back. You can’t ask for more than that when you are riding at the Olympics.”
Simmerling made history with yet another Olympic appearance saying, “We had to come together really quickly, and we did that. We rode faster every single ride, and put it all on the line. I’m so, so, so proud to be a part of this team and to finish that ride with the girls that I rode with. I never thought it was possible.”
For Alberta’s Allison Beveridge the team hit the boards ready to leave it all out there and they did. “We were definitely disappointed with our first ride [on Thursday]; we knew that we had more. So we cleaned up technically and executed much better both in this morning and in the medal ride. We left it all out there and we have to be happy with what we did. Hats off to GB and the U.S., but I think we can take satisfaction with what we accomplished. we knew that it would be fast and that the world record was going to fall. It’s true what they say: the Games atmosphere really brings out best of people and everything comes together,” shared Beveridge.
Jacques Landry, High Performance Director: “It’s a bit of a monkey off our back, to get that first medal, so we can start breathing and focus on what we do best, which is performing. Really happy about the medal; the girls executed really well, and the results speak for themselves. We demonstrated repeatedly with the women’s team pursuit program that we can consistently deliver results, whether it is world championships or World Cups, and now with two bronze medals. But I think it is also important to show that we have a system behind these athletes and also building up other athletes behind these ones, so we can continue building champions towards 2020.”
With files from Cycling Canada.
Women’s Team Pursuit
Final for Bronze
3. Canada 4:14.627
4. New Zealand 4:18.459
Final for Gold
1. Great Britain 4:10.236 WR
2. United States of America 4:12.454