Jeanson makes no medal predictions
MONTREAL (CP) -- Cycling prodigy Genevieve Jeanson is making no predictions on medals before leaving for her first Olympic Games.
"For me, the Olympics are a starting point," Jeanson said Tuesday at a news conference to announce a new sponsor, the Quebec hardware store chain RONA.
"It will be a good test. I'll measure myself against the others and see what I'm doing right or wrong. All I want is to be proud of myself after the race. If I win a medal, that will be a super bonus. But I don't want to put pressure on my shoulders."
Jeanson, who turns 19 next week, leaves for Australia on Saturday to begin the final stage of preparation for the Sept. 15-Oct. 1 Games.
In Sydney, Jeanson will compete in the women's road race with teammates Clara Hughes of Winnipeg and Lyne Bessette of Knowlton, Que., on Sept. 26, as well as in the individual time trial on Sept. 30.
Jeanson swept the road race and time trial gold medals at last year's world junior championships in Italy. She then surprised the cycling world by winning two of her first three senior events this year: the Tour de Snowy in Australia and the Fleche-Wallone in Belgium.
Many expect an equally explosive performance in Sydney.
"I'm just doing to do the best I can," she cautioned. "It's my first Olympics, not my last."