An injury plagued career has been worth the sacrifices for track cyclist
Lori-Ann Muenzer. She's going to the Olympics in the women's 500-metre
time trial with the capabilities of a top-five finish. Muenzer made her
first major Games team two years ago and won the bronze medal in the match
sprint at the Commonwealth Games.
Her first serious injury occurred in 1994 when she broke her collarbone at
a race in Cuba. The accident ruined her chances to vie for berths on the
Commonwealth team for Victoria in 1994 and Atlanta in 1996. She also had
severe tendinitis in her knees which painted a bleak picture of the
future. "I never thought I'd be back on the bike again after that crash,"
Then last October she suffered another injury when she fell while mountain
biking and didn't race for nearly eight months. She only trained for three
months before the start of the 2000 spring season.
At the trials in July, she defeated favoured Tanya Dubnicoff in the 500 to
earn an Olympic spot in the event. She also posted two top-five
performances earlier this season at a World Cup meet.
Sept. 16: Lori-Anne Muenzer, Edmonton, was 13th in final.
Dubnicoff & Muenzer follow the motorcycle
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