Friday, September 16, 2011

Muffy hand-cycles to gold at UCI Worlds

Para-cycling in Denmark

Sun Valley's world champion disabled ski racer Muffy Davis, 38, of Salt Lake City, Utah is a world gold medalist—this time in team para-cycling relay during the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Road Championships staged Sept. 8-11 in Denmark.

Davis, a para-cycling (handcycle) competitor for only two years, teamed up with Oscar Sanchez of San Diego and Matthew Updike of Denver, Colo. to win 23.6-kilometer handbikes team relay with a time of 1:14.27, just a shade ahead of runner-up Switzerland (1:14.29).

Their effort, with Davis (27:19) and Sanchez (22:54) finishing first in their heats, gave the U.S. Para-cycling Road World Championships team a total of 14 medals and a championship-best nine victories during the event at Roskilde.

Davis, mother of 3-year-old Elle and a 1995 Stanford University graduate, also won silver medals in H2 hand-cycle world events Sept. 8 and 10. The Wood River High School graduate first made the U.S. team after winning three silver medals at the 2010 world finals and also taking the gold in the 2010 U.S. women's time trial.

This past April, Davis was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame during a Sun Valley ceremony. As a paralympic skier, she won more than 25 World Cup titles and four Paralympic medals. Next up for Davis: The UCI Track World Championships from Feb. 9-12, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif.

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