After finishing 16th in her debut at the games in London, Ashley Moolman-Pasio had gotten an insight on what she needed to do and what it would take for her to win an Olympic gold.
With her performance four years ago at the games, she had seen that if she planned to bag the gold medal which she badly desires, she would have to put more effort and practice even harder.
The fast approaching women road race in Rio has caused the cyclist to put that knowledge into use as she is training even harder and aiming for the Olympic gold medal. With some of the strongest midseason performance the world of women cycling has ever seen, Pasio had shot the very front line of women’s cycling during the intervening period and had secured her name as one of the favorites to look out for in the race.
In an interview with Cycling News, she said:
“London was my first Olympic games. It was quite an overwhelming experience because I had only represented South Africa one time before that at the world championships in Copenhagen.”
She sad that the experience of transitioning from the world championships to Olympic Games was a profound and mind-blowing one. After her not so amazing finish in the games at London, she realized that if she were to stand a chance at the next Olympics, preparing herself would be a four years process.
“Having had a commonwealth games experience in the middle of it and winning a medal in Glasgow was a great experience for me and another great learning curve. Going to Rio, I’m really confident I’m going for gold.”
The road race at Rio has caught quite a lot of attention being the climber’s race that it is, however, Pasio is not deterred, as she believes she will perform well. With so many rivals for the medal, she believes that the nature of the terrain plays to her strength as a climber.