Mountain bike specialist Daniel McConnell began cycling at 13 years of age and made his first Australian Team in 2002. At the age of 23 McConnell made his Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games and placed 39th in the mountain bike cross-country event.
McConnell faced a technically difficult and fast course on his second Olympic appearance at the 2012 London Games. McConnell improved to 21st overall in a top-class mountain bike cross-country field. In one of the major cycling upsets in London, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Champion Julien Absalon of France was forced to withdraw with a tyre puncture and the men’s race was won by Juroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic.