When 38-year-old Canadian underdog, Lori-Ann Muenzer entered the 2004 Olympics, few believed that she would be able to compete with cyclists half her age. Muenzer persevered, kept her mind on the track, and won the Olympic Gold.
Competitive cycling is about pain, punishment and speed. On the road to the winners' podium, Muenzer suffered more than her share of pain and punishment: a broken collarbone ruined her chance to vie for berths on the Commonwealth team for Victoria in 1994 and Atlanta in 1996; a mountain biking injury in 1999 rendered her unable to train for nearly eight months; severe tendonitis in her knees threatened to end Muenzer's athletic career for good. Muenzer's personal motivation and discipline will resonate with readers across the country, and her determination will inspire anyone who faces challenges in his or her life. One Gear, No Breaks is the uplifting memoir of one of Canada's athletic heroes. Lori-Ann Muenzer captured a gold medal in the 2004 Olympic Games with her outstanding performance in the women's Match Sprint finals. With her Olympic victory, Muenzer became the first Canadian to bring home a gold medal in cycling. Apart from reaching the top of the podium in Athens, Muenzer has captured several medals on the international stage including two silver and two bronze at the World Track Cycling Championships and a total of one silver and two bronze at the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games. She made her Olympic debut for Canada at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
A resident of Edmonton, Muenzer has also accumulated an outstanding 13 national titles and 11 World Cup medals throughout the course of her career.