Bringing home the first medal for team USA in the women’s Olympics cycling for more than 30 years was the prime goal of American Mara Abbott.
But it appeared it wasn’t the right time for her yet, as the 30-year-old placed fourth. Abbott raised Americans’ hopes for a gold since the country last snatched the medal under the same category in 1984, The Guardian reported.
But what made Abbott a promising athlete is not solely her cycling skills, but her fight against anorexia. The social media world crushed Americans’ hopes that Abbott could actually bring home the medal.
In one of her interviews with NBC, as reported by the Washington Post, Abbott said she didn’t actually believe she had an actual chance to win the race. The cyclist from the Netherlands grabbed the gold, while cyclists from Sweden and Italy trailed behind in silver and bronze, respectively.
“The ironic part is . . . you’re in that situation, and you don’t actually believe you can win. I didn’t believe it until I passed 200 meters to go, then I thought, ‘Oh my God’, this is going to happen — and then they passed me. So, I guess that’s what they say about counting your chickens before they hatch. I rode that race to the absolute best of my ability, and I didn’t leave anything out there,” Abbott said.
Although she was unsuccessful in her attempt to bring home a medal for Team USA in her category, messages of congratulations flooded micro-blogging site Twitter. Her family was in full support in Rio and was photographed giving Abbott a warm hug after finishing the race.
The last time the USA cycling team won the gold was in 1984 by Connie Carpenter.