Olympic Cyclist Requests Arbitration
US cyclist Carmen Small has asked that arbitration be held to determine whether or not her exclusion from the US Olympic cycling team is upheld. Small expected to be part of the four-woman road cycling team in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but was left out in favor of Evelyn Stevens, Kristin Armstrong, Mara Abbott and Megan Guarnier.
Small was named to the list of candidates and has won the national time trial in May. She bested both Stevens and Armstrong by more than 60 seconds. Small also won the team time trial in 2013 and 2014 at the UCI Road World Championships and placed third in the individual time trial in 2013 at Worlds.
She believes her absence from the team does not reflect her ability. She also believes she would be a gold medal favorite if on the team. She reported feeling shock and disbelief when she did not make it to the team.
Discretionary picks were made of Armstrong and Stevens as the time trialists for the team. In this case, the riders must be from the four selected to ride in the road race. Armstrong had back-to-back time trial gold medals in previous Olympic Games, and Stevens is a two-time national time trial champion. She holds the official UCI record for the farthest distance traveled in an hour.
Small has not yet filed a formal request for arbitration, but said she intends to do so. The ruling will be due July 18 in order to make the roster deadline for the Olympic Games