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From Chloe Woodruff's Olympic Diary: Feeling humbled, nervous in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO – Hello Prescott! I’m typing up this report the day before my race, although by the time you read it, I may have already raced.

Our race time today is 8:30 a.m. Prescott-time, which you can stream live through your cable provider at NBCOlympics.com. Or, you can wait until 11 a.m. and turn the TV to NBC Sports Network.

This week is flying by and it’s hard to believe I’ll officially be an Olympian tomorrow. While I’m trying to treat this race like any other big race, moments keep creeping up where I simply feel overwhelmed by the scope of everything — it’s feeling humbled, nervous, and proud all at the same time. Humbled to be here in the presence of so many amazing athletes. Proud to represent my country. And nervous about the race ahead (but that’s totally normal).

A mountain bike race can be very unpredictable, even on the Olympic stage. I’m experienced enough (racing ten years and counting) to know and accept that not everything is in my control.

There’s no question this race course in Rio will put my years of experience and hard work to the test. But thanks to our Arizona trails, I feel at home in the rock gardens; and I trained day after day in our summer heat to better acclimate and prepare myself specifically for this race.

My best races come together when I’m confident I’ve done the work, turn off expectations, be in the present, and just ride my bike.

Simply put, that’s what I’m here to do.

– Chloe Woodruff

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