Olympics – Yolo BedTime
Jennifer Valente was the first US female train driver to win an Olympic gold medal at the Omnium event on Sunday since 2000.
The 27-year-old survived a late fall in the multi-format race to dive into the record books and adequately reward years of preparation and pressure to anchor the U.S. women’s track team in Tokyo.
“Olympic gold … that’s how it sounds, I can’t get over it,” said Valente at the finish.
“I think there were 100 different emotions in me and the biggest thing is that none of them had started yet. I don’t know if they still got in or if they understand what it means to be an Olympic champion. It was very emotional and it’s been a long five years and I’m so happy with this result. “
Valentes outstanding omnium win over Yumi Kajihara (Japan) and Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) earned the USA their only cycling gold medal at the Tokyo Games.
Here’s a look at the dramatic day of racing.