It all began nearly 20 years ago when world time trial champion and Olympic silver medalist Mari Holden handed a little girl a race jersey. From that moment on, that ten-year-old girl knew she wanted to be an Olympian. Fast forward to today, and that pint-sized fan has grown up to be one of the fastest women in America. Kendall Ryan.
Now 27, Ryan rides professionally for Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank, and has won national championships, Pan-American titles and WorldTour races. All these achievements have led her to the US National Track program, and earlier this month a spot on the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Long Team.
Ryan joins Shimano LIVE to describe how the Olympic dreams of a 10-year-old have nearly become a reality. From recounting a day at the Olympic training center to reliving the joys/terrors of wet European cobblestones, Ryan describes her long and ongoing journey to the Olympic Velodrome in Tokyo next summer, the fulfillment of her dream.