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Jennifer Rodriguez Switches from Speedskating to Track Pursuit Cycling

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Here's a very interesting article by Sharon Robb on Olympic speedskater Jennifer Rodriguez and her switch to competitive cycling, her effort to reach the Olympic level in a the sport, and more. It mentions the Brian Piccolo velodrome where skaters and cyclists work out together on separate tracks. It is a great facility. For a brief movie of the place see my minimovie at:

http://roadskater.net/movies/brian_piccolo_velodrome.mpg

It's hard to believe that was five years ago. Jared and I skated up from South Beach to Cooper City...

http://roadskater.net/mia2002/621.htm

...and Ken and Marianne rode up to give us a lift back to where we needed to stay, saving us separate sweaty bus rides into the night. It is so great when skate friends help make an adventure possible!

Anyway, this article from Florida Sports is called Spinning New Wheels. I'll mention some e of the highlights.

The first Cuban-American to win a Winter Olympics medal ([Jennifer Rodriguez] won two bronze medals in 2002) has been training in Florida's only active velodrome, the Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome, about an hour drive from her home on a good traffic day.

I'm not sure what they consider full-time work, but it says Jennifer Rodriguez works full-time while training...

It's been a challenge returning to the elite athlete's world of training while working full-time at the bike shop (Elite Cycling) that she and her husband, former Olympic speedskater KC Boutiette own....

As for training locations, some of these sites have been regular parts of the Miami Great Esskate:

She trains in the Redlands, Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne and 3,000 meters per session at the velodrome.

Others athletes helped her commit to a new Olympic dream:

It took a little more convincing from Boutiette and five-time Olympic speedskating gold medalist and accomplished cyclist Eric Heiden....Heiden won the 1985 U.S. Pro Championships and was a member of the first U.S. team to compete in the Tour de France.

Here's a quote from a coach which is part of a larger discussion of similarities and differences:

Adds Laborde, "She is competitive right now. She looks good. She has lost a lot of muscle; but in cycling you don't need a lot of muscle."

There's lots more, so please check out the full article and feel free to comment here if you like. Skateylove, Blake

Spinning New Wheels
Florida Sports, FL - 50 minutes ago
At 31, the three-time Olympic speedskater from Miami is in the midst of training for a shot at making the United States track cycling team in the ...

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