Michela Molina: The Olympic challenge

He is going to win the jackpot. This is how the Ecuadorian cyclist loves challenges Michaela Molinawho from April 26 to 30 will seek the only Olympic spot in Pan American Mountain Bike Championships in Brazilwhich will also qualify for the 2023 Pan American Games.

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And it is that in order to get to Paris you do not have to go up on the podium, Rather, to bypass unclassified countries.

The 30-year-old from Cuenca will be part of the tricolor team, made up of five other athletes. Molina, Pan American and bronze medalist of the last Bolivarian Games in Valledupar 2021, can reach her third Pan American Games, after her performance in Toronto 2015 and Lima 2019.

Pan American in Brazil is one of the main events this year. We will be looking for qualification for the 2023 Santiago Games and also for a place for the Olympic Games“, He expressed.

For Molina, going to Paris is not an alternative, however dutydespite the complexity of the challenge.

In mountain biking, Olympic classification This year is very difficult. We have been preparing hard because I just know I have this chance. Usually only the United States and Canada are rated in AmericaThis is why all of us in Latin America are going to fight for this place… We don’t necessarily have to be on the podium, but we have to be the first country above the unranked ones,” said the athlete., who also does road cycling to expand Qualification odds.


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The year before Michelle Won a bronze medal at the 2022 Valledupar Bolivarian Games In the same competition, she reached fourth place in the road test with the Ecuadorian women’s team, confirming that the idea of ​​combining mountains and road is a reality.

Since last year I have already started competing in the National Road Championships. I just went to the Bolivarian Games as a national team. You did well I was in fourth place, which is very important for me because I’m not used to running on the road. This year I will not be attending the Pan American Road Race because it crosses mountain dates. but, She participated in the national championship, which was selective, and finished second in the eliteI am convinced, so we hope that consideration will be given if the rating is achieved,” Azawaya said.

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