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Cyclist Kristen Faulkner heading to 2024 Olympics

Cyclist Kristen Faulker is heading to the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics.

“I’m really excited. This is a dream come true for me. I’ve wanted this for a long time,” Faulkner said.

Faulker grew up in Alaska and eventually headed to New York after college for a job in venture capital. His career path was cut short after a class in Manhattan got him hooked on cycling.

What do you want to know

  • Faulkner is heading to the 2024 Summer Olympics
  • He started cycling by taking lessons in Central Park in New York
  • He travels about 50 miles a day
  • He is heading into the Olympics thinking that the injury he suffered last year will end his career

“I started racing at Central Park,” Faulkner said. “Yeah, that was my first time putting pedals on the bike. Yeah, I started doing some local races in New York City and then I started doing regional races.”

In 2020, he quit his day job and started cycling full time.

“I started cycling in my mid-20s,” Faulkner said. “I just kind of came around and had a lot of catching up to do.”

Part of that was intense training. He bikes about 50 miles a day.

“This is a workout that requires a lot of short bursts of strength, so you’re using your hamstrings, hips, and lower body a lot,” Faulkner said.

And his efforts have paid off as he has won a string of titles at races around the world, including the Giro D’Italia and the Pan-American Games.

But a year ago he suffered a serious injury when he was hit by a car while training in California. He had a blood clot in his lung and thought it would end his career. He took blood thinners and didn’t ride for four months.

“It was pretty scary and to come back and make it to the Olympics was really special,” she said. “I think the biggest lesson I learned is if you have a dream, keep going and don’t give up.”

His endurance and determination will be at the forefront as he goes to the Olympic games.

“I want to bring home some gold. You know, I think we have a really strong team,” he said.