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Sports archive for August 3, 2012

Watson Lake to hold rally for Zach Bell

Watson Lake’s Zach Bell will look for national gory this weekend as he competes on Saturday and Sunday in the men’s omnium event.

By Sam Riches on August 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Watson Lake’s Zach Bell will look for national gory this weekend as he competes on Saturday and Sunday in the men’s omnium event.

The 29-year-old, a medal favourite, could be the first ever Yukoner to reach the podium at the Olympics.

It will be the second Olympic appearance for Bell, who finished seventh and 12th overall in the points race and Madison event at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

He earned a second place finish at the World Championship in Melbourne, Australia in April and placed third in a World Cup test event in London this past February.

The omnium consists of six events, staged across the two days: the one-lap sprint, a 30-kilometre points race, a pursuit, a scratch, an elimination, and a one-km time trail.

His hometown could also be making their Olympic debut.

Watson Lake will be holding a rally for Bell at the Wye Lake Park and submitting video footage to CTV.

Everyone is encouraged to come out with Canadian flags and bikes in tow.

Canada’s cycling team is regarded in many circles as the strongest the nation has produced since the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

On the women’s side, Tara Whitten of Edmonton is also a medal favourite in the omnium.
Whitten won world titles in the event in 2010 and 2011, and finished fourth overall this year.

Canada hasn’t stepped on the podium for cycling since Lori-Ann Muenzer won gold in the women’s sprint in 2004 in Athens, Greece.

Bell has spent the last year training with Team SpiderTech powered by C10, splitting time between his North Vancouver home and their California training facility.

The men’s omnium begins Saturday at 10:30 a.m. GMT (6:30 p.m. locally) with the flying lap and concludes on Sunday with the 1-km time trail at 6:15 p.m. GMT (2:15 a.m. locally)

Bell will be the lone Canadian competing in the 18-member field.

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stephanie s

Aug 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Glad to hear everyone’s pulling together to support our athletes, but I cant help but think saying Zach is looking for National “glory” seems to ruin the mood of the article a bit

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