Giddeon Massie

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Giddeon Massie
Personal information
Full nameGiddeon Massie
Born (1981-08-27) August 27, 1981 (age 39)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight209 lb (95 kg)
Team information
DisciplineTrack
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter
Professional teams
2007–2008SPIKE
2009–Bike Religion

Giddeon Massie (born August 27, 1981 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) is an American professional track cyclist.[1] He collected two medals (silver and bronze) each in men's Keirin and sprint at the 2003 Pan American Games, and later represented the United States in two editions of the Olympic Games (2004 and 2008). Massie has been considered one of the best American track sprinters on the domestic and international circuits, having awarded a conglomerate of twenty U.S. championship titles since his sporting debut in 2001.[2] At the peak of his career, Massie currently races for the Bike Religion pro cycling team, and works as a resident athlete for the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[3]

Racing career[edit]

Born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Mike and Robin Massie, Massie had been playing baseball and basketball throughout his early childhood. He discovered cycling as a ten-year-old upon entering the Air Products Development Program, a free sporting institution in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania that highly fostered people of all ages to take up track cycling. Since then, he finished his junior career fifth in the world, and earned two U.S. national titles, and top finishes at the UCI World Cup series. Off the sport, Massie also attended the Faith Christian Academy in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, where he enrolled on a music scholarship from the U.S. National Band Association for his talent in clarinet, an instrument that had been inherited by his father.[4]

In 2003, Massie moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he trained and worked as a resident athlete for the U.S. Olympic Training Center and has been continuously lived until the present. On that same year, Massie also claimed the gold medal in men's Keirin and silver in men's sprint when he competed for the first time on the international scene at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.[5]

A full-time member of the USA Cycling team, Massie made his worldwide debut at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he finished eleventh in the men's team sprint (45.742), along with his teammates Christian Stahl and Adam Duvendeck.[6][7]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Massie qualified for his second U.S. squad, as a 26-year-old, in two track cycling events by receiving an automatic berth from the USA Cycling Team's Selection Camp.[8][9] In the men's team sprint, held on the first day of the program, Massie helped his teammates Duvendeck and Michael Blatchford set an eighth-place time in 45.346 (an average speed of 59.542 km/h) on the morning prelims before losing out to the Brits (led by Olympic legend Chris Hoy) in the first round.[10] The following day, in the men's Keirin, Massie narrowly missed the second spot taken by the Netherlands' Theo Bos in his opening heat and finished fourth in the repechage against five other cyclists, thus eliminating him from the competition with a twenty-first place overall.[11][12]

In 2009, Massie recovered from his second Olympic setback by achieving three more track cycling titles in Keirin, the 250 m standing start, and the now-defunct kilometre time trial at the U.S. Championships in Carson, California.[13] He continued to flourish his sporting career by adding two more national titles to his career resume and mounting a second-place finish in men's sprint, won by his former Olympic teammate Blatchford, on the same tournament in 2011, earning him a guaranteed place on the USA Cycling team for his third Olympic bid.[3][14][15]

Despite being shortlisted on the list for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Massie managed to defend his titles in both Keirin and time trial at the U.S. Championships for a total of twenty, making him one of the most successful U.S. track cyclists of all time.[2][16]

Anti-drug campaign[edit]

Shortly after his first Olympics in 2004, Massie was selected by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to participate in a series public service announcements that promoted clean, honest, and fair competition with the theme: My Health. My Sport. My Victory. I Compete Clean. This campaign had been truly inspired by Massie's surprising triumphs at the Pan American Games, following an immediate call of Barbadian sprinter Barry Forde to further strip off his medals for failing the doping test.[17] Moreover, Massie and his Olympic teammate Duvendeck co-founded Focus 2004, a track cycling team that encouraged young athletes and professionals to eliminate doping and the use of performance-enhancing drugs from the sport.

Career highlights[edit]

2001
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Giddeon Massie". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Albert, Scott (October 5, 2012). "Massie is king of the track". Orange County Register. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Albert, Scott (October 11, 2011). "Giddeon Massie makes the right move". Orange County Register. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  4. ^ Blockus, Gary (August 8, 2004). "Massie looking to hit a high note in team sprint". The Morning Call. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  5. ^ Robb, Sharon (February 26, 2004). "On The Fast Track To The Olympics". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "Cycling: Men's Team's Sprint". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. August 15, 2004. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  7. ^ "U.S. cyclist Pearce finishes 14th". ESPN. August 24, 2004. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  8. ^ "USA Cycling Announces 2008 U.S. Olympic Team". Team USA. July 2, 2008. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  9. ^ "Hincapie makes fifth Olympic cycling team". USA Today. July 1, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  10. ^ "Men's Team Sprint First Round". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on August 19, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  11. ^ "Men's Keirin Repechage 4". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on August 19, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  12. ^ "Phinney seventh in individual pursuit in Beijing". USA Cycling. August 16, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  13. ^ "Riders double up on Stars-and-Stripes on penultimate day of USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships". Team USA. October 5, 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  14. ^ "Five locals named to U.S. Olympic long team". The Morning Call. December 15, 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  15. ^ "USA Cycling reveals eligible athletes". ESPN. December 15, 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  16. ^ Blockus, Gary (October 3, 2012). "Lehigh Valley cyclists take gold at nationals". The Morning Call. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  17. ^ Reinhard, Paul (March 11, 2004). "Hard work's the word, according to Giddeon". The Morning Call. Retrieved October 16, 2013.

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