The United States cycling team is undergoing strenuous training in preparation for their attempt to break into the hitherto European-dominated sport during next month's Olympics at Munich.
LV & CU Cyclists around track (3 shots)
CU Cyclist speaks to reporter
SOUND STARTS; "We're going to...."
SOUND ENDS: "...right in there."
SV & LV Cyclists around track (6 shots)
VANDE VELDE: "We're going to be pressing those Europeans. They know that we exist now because we've had some good racing against them in Los Angeles and in the Caribbean earlier this Spring. And they know we're here, and if we have some luck, and health is on our side, we'll be right there."
CYCLISTS AROUND TRACK: CYCLIST SPEAKS TO REPORTER.
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Background: The United States cycling team is undergoing strenuous training in preparation for their attempt to break into the hitherto European-dominated sport during next month's Olympics at Munich.
A National Broadcasting Company camera crew filmed the fourteen-man U.S. team during their preliminary training session at Morthbrook, Illinois, N.B.C. reporter Dennis Swanson spoke to 23-year-old John Velda Velde, one of the leading American cyclists.
Amateur cycling has long been popular and well-supported in Europe. In the U.S., however, there are only eight cycling tracks, and the sport does not enjoy a large following.
SYNOPSIS: Last week in Morthbrook, Illinois, the United States cycling-team trained for next month's Olympics, Hopes of breaking into the European-dominated sport were expressed by team-member John Vande Velde:
The question of fitness is very important to the team. Cycling does not have a large following in the United States. Unlike the well-supported European teams, the Americans do not have a reserve of enthusiastic cyclists to draw upon... and an injury would seriously reserve any chance of an Olympic model. But spring-cycling is a dangerous sport, and so far this year the fourteen-man team has suffered from three concussions and one broken collar-bone.
The team has now recovered and the training goes on. Only next month's Olympics will tell whether the Americans can upset Europe's cyclists.