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Tuesday, August 05, 2008
By Yokota Fritz

The San Jose Mercury News highlighted Olympic athletes from the Bay Area today, including cyclists Christine Thorburn of Sunnyvale and Mary McConneloug of Fairfax.

Christine Thorburn

Christine Throburn practices medicine at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic as a rheumatologist, when she's not racing for Webcor Builders women's professional cycling team.

Christine won the National Time Trial Championship in 2004. She placed 4th in the individual time trial and 15th in the road race during the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Christine has been racing on track and road for eleven years, with a three year break while she completed medical school at Stanford.

Mary McConneloug

Mary McCOnneloug is one of two women on the U.S. women's mountain biking team. She hails from the birthplace of mountain biking, Fairfax, California in Marin County. Mary finished 9th in the 2004 Athens Olympics and hopes to podium in Beijing when she races on August 22.

Mary and her mountain biking husband Mike Broderick keep an online journal at

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...nice to see the "mercury news" giving some press to both mary mcconneloug & christine thorburn but the extremely brief article is very poorly researched... mentions that mary placed 9th at the 2004 games & was 6th at the 2006 nationals...the 'mercury news' fails to mention that mary is not only a four (4) time national champion, but is the current reigning champion having won that prestigious title two years in a row... also states that her partner mike broderick is on the '08 olympic team which implies by omission that mike is going as a rider, when to the best of my knowledge, he's going as a member of the support staff...micheal is a world class cyclist in his own right but again, poor research...

...that being said, mary n' mike are two of the best representatives that the sport of cycling, in general & mountain biking, in particular, could ever hope for...strong & competitive, yet humble & gracious to the extreme...
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