Dotsie Bausch

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Dotsie Bausch
Mannschaftsverfolgung USA Bahn-WM 2011.jpg
Dotsie Bausch (left) in 2011
Personal information
Birth nameDorothy Lee Cowden
BornMarch 6, 1973 (1973-03-06) (age 46)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.

Dorothy Lee "Dotsie" Bausch (née Cowden; born March 6, 1973 in Lexington, Kentucky) is an American cyclist. She is a seven-time USA Cycling National Champion, and a two-time Pan American Champion. She graduated from Villanova University.[1]


Bausch did not begin cycling until age 26;[2] she originally took up the sport to "heal" from a period of cocaine use and eating disorders[3] related to her time as a high-paid runway model in New York City.[4] By the time she sought help for her condition, the 5-foot-9-inch (1.75 m) Bausch weighed less than 100 pounds (45 kg).[2]

When Bausch began therapy for her condition, her therapist would not initially allow her to exercise. Her choice of cycling as a sport stemmed from directions by her therapist. After making initial progress, Bausch was allowed to resume exercise, but had to choose an activity she had not done while fighting eating disorders.[2]

She competed in the women's pursuit cycling team for the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal.[5][6]

Career highlights[edit]

3rd, World Cup, Track, Team pursuit, Manchester
2nd, Olympic Games, Team Pursuit, London


  1. ^ "Dotsie Bausch". USA Cycling. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Glassner, Jacob (July 25, 2012). "Dotsie Bausch sees God's hand in Olympic dream". The Southeast Outlook. Middletown, Kentucky: Southeast Christian Church. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  3. ^ ESPN Archived June 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Voice of America
  5. ^ Indianapolis Star, June 18, 2012[dead link]
  6. ^ "Dotsie Bausch". Archived from the original on 2013-04-24.

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