Just a decade ago, Dotsie Bausch was a runway model caught in the grip of an eating disorder and drug addiction. But through years of therapy, and a newfound love for cycling, she is close to competing in the Olympics.
Since 2008, elite cyclist Kathryn Bertine has been chasing Olympic qualification points for London. Physically and emotionally drained after racing in South America, she finally has something concrete to show for her efforts.
Training to be an elite athlete is full of ups and downs. As Kathryn Bertine found out, its in those down times when a little creativity will go a long way toward changing your perspective and your results, for the better.
The equality between men's and women's cycling is far from equal. Heck, even pigeons earn more money racing in Europe. But all the prize money in the world can't buy Kathryn Bertine what she needs most: Olympic qualification points.
Kathryn Bertine is writing about her quest to qualify for the 2012 Games. In Part 4 of her series, Bertine shares what it's really like to go against 200 women all vying for Olympic qualification points.
The road to the Olympics just got a little bumpier for Kathryn Bertine. Navigating her way through the language barrier and racing rules in Belgium have proved to be a little dicey. But the kindness of strangers has eased the pain.
An American in Europe, racing for a Belgian team, while sporting the colors of St. Kitts and Nevis? It's not exactly normal, but nothing in Kathryn Bertine's quest to make the 2012 Olympics is. And she wouldn't have it any other way.