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Schurter wins mountain bike gold to complete his medal set

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In the end, reigning gold medal winner and Czech Republic rider Jaroslav Kulhavy would have to settle with leading for much of the race and a silver medal.

Swiss biker Nino Schurter shot into the lead 25.5 km into the men’s cross country mountain bike final, leaving Kulhavy behind and claiming a long-awaited gold medal.

Schurter had Olympic silver (2012) and bronze (2008), and completed his set in 1:33:28 on Sunday in Rio.

That was 50 seconds better than Kulhavy, and 1:23 ahead of bronze-winning Carlos Coloma-Nicolas of Spain (who finished sixth in London 2012).

American cyclist Howard Grotts was 38th, a lap down.

Botox helps French cyclist Ferrand-Prévot relieve hip pain ahead of Rio Olympics

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Botox injections have been popular in the United States for quite some time now, with millions of Americans looking to the procedure to give them a more youthful look. A study done by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed that in 2012 Americans spent more than $11 billion on the procedure in an effort to enhance their facial appearance. Apparently botox can also have an impact on other areas of the body, as French cyclist Pauline Ferrand-Prévot learned in the months leading up to the Rio Olympics.

Ferrand-Prévot, who will represent France in the mountain biking and road biking competitions, used the procedure to address the pain associated with a pinched sciatic nerve in her hip. Per L’Equipe Ferrand-Prévot underwent a total of four injections in her problematic hip, two in June and another two just before she left France for Rio. And the procedures have worked, with Ferrand-Prévot not experiencing any pain in her hip.

“[French team doctor] Jacky Maillot told me one of his colleagues is a specialist with this problem,” explained Ferrand-Prévot. “After injection of botulinum toxin, I felt it was much better.”

“I have no more pain,” Ferrand-Prévot told L’Equipe. “With an injection, you cannot ride for three days, you cannot race for ten days. [Botox] is not prohibited and the next day, you can train.”

Ferrand_Prevot has won world championships in both mountain biking and road racing, with the mountain biking world title coming in 2014 and the road racing gold in 2015, and she also won a cyclo-cross world title last year. She’s one of the favorites to medal in Rio, and to be pain-free can only help her chances of fulfilling that promise.

Marianne Vos eyes unprecedented addition for Rio Olympics

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Decorated Dutchwoman Marianne Vos wants to become the first cyclist to compete in three different disciplines in her Olympic career.

Vos, a 2008 Olympic track cycling champion and 2012 Olympic road cycling champion, eyes Rio 2016 qualification in mountain biking, according to Dutch media.

Vos, 27, would become the first man or woman to compete in three of the four cycling disciplines (the other is BMX, added in 2008), let alone the first to win gold medals in three, according to OlympStats.com.

It’s not unfathomable. Vos is very well-rounded. She was a junior national mountain biking champion and has long competed in cyclo-cross.

Dutch outlet NOS reported Vos still plans to enter the road race in Rio, aiming to repeat as gold medalist.

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