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Athens 2004 Olympic Games


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Men's Road Race
Paolo Bettini (Italy) Gold
Sergio Paulinho (Portugal) Silver
Axel Merckx (Belgium) Bronze

Women's Road Race
Sara Carrigan (Australia) Gold
Judith Arndt (Germany) Silver
Olga Slyusareva (Russia) Bronze

Men's Individual Time Trial
Tyler Hamilton (USA) Gold
Viatcheslav Ekimov (Russia) Silver
Bobby Julich (USA) Bronze

Women's Individual Time Trial
Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel (Netherlands) Gold
Dede Demet Barry (USA) Silver
Karin Thuerig (Switzerland) Bronze

Karin Thuerig of Switzerland holds her bronze medal in the women's road cycling individual time trial at the Vouliagmeni Olympic Centre in Athens on 18/08/2004 © GETTY IMAGES / Doug Pensinger

Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel: "It was tears of joy and pain at the same time. Especially the last 10 kilometres of the race were very painful. But I kept saying to myself that that this would be the last time that I had to suffer like this."  © GETTY IMAGES / Doug Pensinger

Sara Carrigan of Australia: "It was a difficult and unexpected race. I am feeling great because of my victory. I will never forget that day. I canít describe it."  © GETTY IMAGES / Doug Pensinger

US medalists Dede Barry, Tyler Hamilton and Bobby Julich talk with Today Show host Matt Lauer. Courtesy USA Cycling


Comments from and about the Medalists

Paolo Bettini: "It was a very competitive race. The structure of the road which had many turns and hills in combination with the hot weather made the race very difficult.

"I want to dedicate my medal to my family. My family, my team and God helped me to win the gold."

Sergio Paulinho:
"It's an amazing feeling, it's wonderful. It's the best day of my life. I didn't expect it. I'm very happy and I dedicate this medal to my country."

Tyler Hamilton:
"This is fantastic. I've dreamt about a golden medal ever since I was a kid. I'm really proud to represent my country. This the greatest moment of my career."

"I rode very aggressively. I was still angry that I had to leave the Tour de France because of a fall. But this gold medal is a 100 percent compensation."Can somebody find my wife please? I need my wife."

Viatcheslav Ekimov:
"Itís not so successful for me that I won a silver medal. I trained very hard to win the gold and so I feel a bit disappointed with my performance today. I expected to win the gold and yet it didnít happen this time."

Bobby Julich:
On winning gold and bronze: "We had big shoes to fill after winning second and fourth place in the Women's Individual Time Trial. But this is the best that could have happened. This is an awesome day."

On Tyler: "I know he suffered a lot in the Tour de France, just like I did. But it doesn't matter at all any more. We have won the gold and bronze medal. And the suffering of the last few months is totally forgotten."

Harry van Moorsel, father of gold medal winner Leontien Zijlaard van Moorsel:
"This is again one of her great days out of her career. This is history. It's her last gold medal on the road and maybe the last one in her career. It is a medal with a special story. Directly after her fall last Sunday we were scared, but yesterday evening I spoke to her on the telephone and I knew directly that she was OK.

"She sounded so optimistic. She told me that she would give everything one more time. That's what she did. In the descent she sped up to 85 kmp/h ... incredible. That's the same speed as she sometimes had in a long descent in the Tour de France. Tonight we will have a nice party."

Dede Demet Barry:
"I feel great and excited. There were many great athletes and I can not believe that I took the silver medal."

"It is a technical course. You have to get focused only to your abilities, to your technique and to your time. I have taken part in other time trials in the past but for this one I felt strong and confident from the beginning."

"My family was here from the beginning of this week and this helped me a lot. It is a great support to have your family with you. Also, the climate was hot, the pulse of the people was very strong and the level of the competition really high. All these in combination with my desire and confidence to win a medal were absolutely a strong inspiration."

About gold medallist van Moorsel: "She is a great athlete. She is one of the best cyclists in the world. Congratulations to her."


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