At Thursday's press conference USA Cycling coach Marc Gullickson sat quietly at one end of the podium as his star 'crossers took the media's questions.
I asked him his approach to coaching elite athletes on a national team when all of the 'crossers have their own coaches, trainers and racing teams in support. Did he approach it like Mike Krzyzewski and draw up the x's and o's or was his role more organization and support?
"I guess I have my own Dream Team," he said with a shy grin.
He spoke for a couple minutes about the support he and USA Cycling provide for the riders and said that basically his job is to make sure the athletes have what they need to succeed.
Current U.S. Cyclo-Cross national champion Jeremy Powers finally interrupted Gullickson to tell everyone that the national team coach did a lot more than offer logistical support.
He pointed out that Gullickson was a national champion in his own right and that all of the riders had a lot of respect for Gullickson's CX knowledge. He said that his national team coach is always offering small bits of advice on how to ride this or that line, when to get off the bike or how hard to go at various parts of the race.
Today we find out if the fruits of their labor pay off. The Juniors go off soon with American wunderkind Logan Owen favored to make the podium.
All of the Dream Team said the Louisville track is "an American course", very technical and not favoring riders who power down straightaways.
It's 21 degrees Fahrenheit at race time and the snow is tapering off. The course is covered in snow and the road sections are icy.
My predictions for the race: four podium finishes for the U.S. including one gold medal.
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