What do Alison Sydor, Marie Helen Premont and Catharine Pendrel have in common? All are fast Canadian cross country racers that were or are at the top of their sport. The 23-year-old Emily Batty is well on her way to adding her name to that list.
“I was fortunate and had a super on season all year long,” Batty told Cyclingnews. “It was my most successful season yet.”
Batty had a fantastic 2011, during which the first-year elite category rider just seemed to get stronger and stronger. Her consistency paid off and she earned an eighth place overall in the World Cup.
“The Olympic team is more realistic to me than ever before,” said Batty. “At the end of 2011, there were a bunch of qualifiers for the Olympics. In my mind, I envision being at the Games. I’m training every day for that medal, and I stay positive and focus on that.”
The first step to winning an Olympic medal is making the Olympic team, something that is a major accomplishment if you are a Canadian female cross country racer.
“Canada is ranked number one in the world,” said Batty. “We have Catharine Pendrel, Marie Helen Premont and me competing for two spots. It makes it very difficult, but it’s very motivating, too.” At the 2011 Canadian national championships, Batty finished third after Pendrel and Premont.
By virtue of winning the 2011 world championships, Pendrel has locked up one of the spots. That means Batty is competing with veteran Marie Helen Premont, who first retired and then extended her career through the 2012 Olympic Games."
Nice, long, in-depth profile of the Canadian MTBer