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Golay gets call from the Hall

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs Olympian Jeanne Golay will be inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame this fall.

Golay, a former world champion and two-time Olympic team member, will join three others in the induction of the Class of 2008. The induction ceremony is Nov. 2 in Davis, Calif., with 2008 Beijing Olympic bronze medalist Levi Leipheimer giving the keynote speech.

“I am honored, and humbled to be included with so many of my cycling heroes and peers,” Golay said.

She joins an elite group of cycling luminaries, including Connie Carpenter-Phinney, Juliana Furtado, Greg LeMond and Chris Carmichael. The Hall of Fame nominates members in four categories each year. The Class of 2008 also includes BMX pioneer Cheri Elliot, former USA Cycling president and current Atlanta Braves vice president Mike Plant and 1920s-era track racer Jimmy Walthour, posthumously.

Golay was nominated based on her extensive cycling resume spanning 15 years, including nine national titles, five World Championships medals, and the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. She is the only American to contest three cycling events in one Olympics, when she rode the individual road race, time trial and points race in the Atlanta Games.

She is a national record-holder in the team time trial. Her bronze medal in the 1994 World Championships was the last time an American has medaled in the Worlds road race. Her career total of five World Road championships medals is the most ever for an American cyclist, man or woman.

Golay moved to Colorado from Florida in 1990. She credits high-altitude training and telemark skiing as key elements of her success.

“I was a good, national-level rider when I moved here, but living and training year-round in the mountains made me a world-beater,” Golay said.

Golay is a former World Champion in the team time trial, a highly technical, four-person race against the clock. She was the No. 1-ranked American woman cyclist from 1992-1996. She retired after the 1996 Olympics and now works as a marketing consultant in Glenwood Springs. She lives with her 8-year-old son, Lucca, and husband, Ralph Trapani.

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