Is this Todd Wells's chance to finally win a medal at the 2012 Olympics? This will be his third games, and he was selected by the coaches to attend this time around. Wells finished seventh in the 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, which probably contributed to his eventual selection to the team, but his prior history as a cyclist had to help him.
Maybe, in his second Olympic trip, Wells felt the weight of his own expectations. Or he was nervous, knowing that, for the second time, he was on his sport's biggest stage.
"As a mountain bike racer, we don't participate in front of the world very often," he said. "You certainly don't have to go through security and metal detectors to get to the races."
At 36 years old, this will be the last games that Wells ends up competing in as he plans on focusing on endurance events that won't be part of any Olympic games. Wells's connection to the region lies in where he attended colleges, which was at the University of Arizona.
Wells finished 43rd at his event in the Beijing Olympics.
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