Gould to race in Olympics
Mountain biker Georgia Gould will be taking her second shot at an Olympic medal at the 2012 London Games that open this week.
Georgia, who is the granddaughter of Mary and Kingdon Gould Jr. of Arkville, has earned numerous titles in her racing career and is the reigning U.S.A. Cross Country Mountain Bike National Champion. She is aiming for success in London as a member of the U.S. Mountain Biking Team.
Her first experience with mountain bike riding began in the summer of 1999. Her enthusiasm for the sport quickly grew and it was not long before she was racing at the expert level.
Georgia entered into professional racing in 2004 and earned a regional sponsorship with Team Tamarack. At that time, she discovered Cyclocross.
Traveling in a large van, Georgia and her husband, Dusty, drove to all of the 2005 NORBA National Mountain Bike Series races. She consistently earned top 10 finishes and placed ninth overall in both the short track and cross-country series. That autumn she continued to succeed and earned her first podium finish at a national-level race at the USGP of USGP of Cyclocross in Watsonville, CA.
Georgia signed with the LUNA Women’s Mountain Bike Team in 2006 and ended the year with victory at the U.S. Mountain Bike National Championships. The following year she won the Pan-American Championships in Argentina, won every NMBS cross-country race (the first cyclist to do so since 1993), finished on the podium at the St. Felicien World Cup in Québec, and earned a bronze medal at the mountain bike World Championships as part of the USA relay team.
On a roll
The next year, Georgia earned four World Cup races and represented the USA at the Beijing Olympics, where she earned an eighth-place finish.
That fall she won both the USGP of Cyclocross series and the North American Cyclocross Tour.
In her first foray into European cyclocross racing at the end of 2008, she finished third at the Nommay, France World Cup and won the Grand Prix Hotel Threeland in Petange, Luxumbourg.
Raised in Baltimore, MD, Georgia is the daughter of Frank Gould of Ketchum, ID and Dry Brook and Susan Wilsey of Baltimore.
Georgia and her husband live in Fort Collins, CO with their 28 bicycles.