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Canada's Catherine Pendrel competes in the women's cross-country mountain bike event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, Saturday August 11, 2012.

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Canada's Catherine Pendrel competes in the women's cross-country mountain bike event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, Saturday August 11, 2012.

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Canada's Catherine Pendrel competes in the women's cross-country mountain bike event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, Saturday August 11, 2012.

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Switzerland's Esther Suss competes during the women's Cross-country mountain bike cycling event at Hadleigh Farm during the London 2012 Olympic Games, August 11, 2012.

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Canada's Catherine Pendrel competes in the women's cross-country mountain bike event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, Saturday August 11, 2012.

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Canada's Catherine Pendrel competes in the women's cross-country mountain bike event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, Saturday August 11, 2012.

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Gold medal's winner Julie Bresset, of France, leads Germany's silver medalist Sabine Spitz, left, and United States' bronze medalist Georgia Gould, during the Mountain Bike Cycling women's race, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Hadleigh Farm, in Essex, England.

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Julie Bresset (4), of France, competes in the Mountain Bike Cycling women's race, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Hadleigh Farm, in Essex, England. Bresset dominated the picturesque course at Hadleigh Farm on Saturday to win the mountain bike gold medal in her first Olympics.

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Georgia Gould of the U.S. competes to win bronze in the women's Cross-country mountain bike cycling event at Hadleigh Farm during the London 2012 Olympic Games, August 11, 2012.

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Catharine Pendrel of Canada rides past the Olympic Rings on her way to the finish line in Women's Mountain Biking at the Olympic Games in Hadleigh Farm, Britain on Saturday August 11, 2012.

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Switzerland's Esther Suss competes during the women's Cross-country mountain bike cycling event at Hadleigh Farm during the London 2012 Olympic Games, August 11, 2012.

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Julie Bresset of France zooms down a hill during her gold medal performance in Women's Mountain Biking at the Olympic Games in Hadleigh Farm, Britain on Saturday August 11, 2012.

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France's Julie Bresset celebrates her win in the women's cross-country mountain bike event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, Saturday August 11, 2012.

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