Toward the end of a recent mountain bike race, Georgia Gould was leading until her leg cramped up and she was overtaken. In another, she had a flat tire, allowing two riders behind her to speed past and leave her in their dust.
On Saturday, at the Olympics, the Baltimore native was determined that no last-minute snafu was going to knock her out of the third-place position she had maintained through most of the 4.7-kilometer race.
"I definitely had that in mind. I didn't want to take any risks on the last lap," said Gould, the bronze medal now securely around her neck. "I still can't believe nothing happened in the last lap."
Julie Bresset of France...