The Fort Collins resident won the Olympic bronze in mountain biking in London. She took the bronze in the world championships and defended her national cross country championship in Sun Valley, Idaho, in June.
For her accomplishments Gould was named as the 2012 North American Mountain Bike Woman of the Year by VeloNews.
Despite a second-consecutive disappointing world championship run — his chances ruined by brake failure and a resultant crash — Aaron Gwin is still unquestionably the most talented and consistent rider in downhill mountain biking.
Gwin finished the 2012 season with four victories across the calendar, and was rarely off the podium. He floored it through the wildly long and physical course at Val di Sole in Italy, slid through the slick mud of Fort William, Scotland, and flew down the steep slopes of Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, and the rocky features of Windham Mountain in New York, taking commanding wins at each. A second place in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and third at the hyper-fast, short-travel Sea Otter Classic course further demonstrate the laid-back Californian’s versatility.