Talbot's rising star

20 January 2013

CYCLING: Australia’s Josie Talbot is shaping up to be the next big thing in cycling. She’s the favourite to win the women’s omnium on Sunday at the Dunc Gray Velodrome, making the win her third gold medal at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF).

The 16-year-old from Camden, NSW, has already won gold in the women’s team pursuit and the women’s 5km scratch race on Thursday and Friday.

Talbot’s results are a dream come true for the young star.

“It’s a very big confidence booster,” Talbot said. “I was a bit surprised [to win gold] in the scratch race because it is a very strong field out there and I hadn’t ridden with the girls in a couple of weeks so yeah I was very happy with that.”

Leading into the second day of the women’s omnium and the final day of the cycling competition at the AYOF, Talbot is leading with five points, her closest competition on 10.

The first event Sunday, the 2000 metre individual pursuit (IP), is not Talbot’s strongest event but she is confident her lead and success in the scratch race on Friday will stand her in good stead to win that round and maintain her overall lead of the omnium.

“Having the lead already makes me feel more confident,” she said.

“There are a few strong IP riders in the bunch so I am not expecting to win that but after winning the scratch race a few days ago I am pretty confident in that event and we will just see how it goes in the 500.”

Leading up to the AYOF Talbot has not tapered off and is treating the meet as a training experience for nationals on 30 January in Sydney.

“Nationals are my goal so I have been using this as a tester and a training to see how I will go,” Talbot said.

Despite nationals the young cyclist has her eyes and goals set on bigger things including Rio 2016.

“This year I want to make junior worlds for the track, but I guess I will just keep training and see how I go,” she said.

“I would love to make the Rio Olympics but we will just see how everything goes.”

Laura Judd
Olympics.com.au

Follow the AYOF on Twitter:   @AYOF2013   #AYOF2013   #RoadtoRio
 

Related News

“Queen Yuna” reigns again over the Winter Youth Olympic Games

“Queen Yuna” reigns again over the Winter Youth Olympic Games

28 August 2015

The International Olympic Committee today announced South Korean figure skating legend Yuna Kim as the latest Ambassador to support the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games, which will take place from 12 to 21 February next year in Norway.

Burton and Boland await official selection for Lillehammer 2016

Burton and Boland await official selection for Lillehammer 2016

18 August 2015

CROSS COUNTRY: Liam Burton and Lilly Boland are likely to have their youth Olympic dream realised after posting strong results at both the 2015 Australian Open and Junior Championships for Cross Country Skiing.

Best young winter talent chasing Lillehammer selection

Best young winter talent chasing Lillehammer selection

16 August 2015

A host of young ski and snowboard athletes have been put to the test on and off the slopes as part of Ski and Snowboard Australia’s Futures Programs in recent weeks.

Related Games

 AYOF 2013

AYOF 2013