“I believe in following ALL of your dreams, regardless of your age” – Lori-Ann Muenzer, during an interview with Ron McLean at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Gold Medalist Lori-Ann Muenzer
One of Canada’s top performers at the 2004 Olympic Games, Lori-Ann Muenzer captured a gold medal in Athens at the age of 38, with her outstanding performance in the women’s Match Sprint finals. With her Olympic victory, Muenzer became the first Canadian to bring home a gold medal in cycling.
At age 38, Lori-Ann Muenzer was the oldest cyclist in the Olympic field at Athens, publicly claiming that her age made her both stronger and wiser. After defeating Anna Meares of Australia, she was pitted against 21-year-old Russian Tamilla Abassova in the finals for the gold medal. Muenzer overtook Abassova late in the first race, and the two raced closely in the second at a speed of just more than 59 km/h, with Muenzer finishing first.
Apart from reaching the top of the podium in Athens, Muenzer has captured several medals on the international stage including two silver and two bronze at the World Track Cycling Championships and a total of one silver and two bronze at the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games. She made her Olympic debut for Canada at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
A resident of Edmonton for almost 17 years, Muenzer has also accumulated an outstanding 13 National titles and 11 World Cup medals throughout the course of her career.
Muenzer has received honours to date from being named the 2004 Canadian Press & Broadcast News’ Female Athlete of the Year, induction into both the Alberta and Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame, and to receiving the 2005 Tribute to Women of Distinction “Honourable Lois E. Hole Award for Lifetime Achievement” by the YWCA. Muenzer has interests including a cycling program she is starting up for kids, also in public speaking and earning a Diploma in Photography.
Photography by Lori-Ann Muenzer:
Steen’s Track Bike
“My bike had been shipped off to France to be repainted in Canadian colours, so in the meantime Steen Madsen (my coach, training partner, and friend) lent me one of his bikes.
I wanted to capture a different perspective of a track bike but I still wanted to make it recognizable to everyone.
A track bicycle is different from a road or a mountain bike: it has no brakes, only one gear (so you can not stop pedaling and coast!), and you have toe straps which “lock” you into your pedals making it almost impossible to come out of when training or racing.”
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