Mountain Biking at the Olympics

Mountain biking event for both men and women is contested as a part of the Cycling discipline in the Olympics, and currently, the cross-country format of the race is the only code conducted for the event. Mountain biking was simultaneously added into the Olympics program for both men and women during the 1996 Atlanta Games.

In the men's event, France has had the most success thus far winning the gold medal three times, in 2000, 2004 and 2008, and five total medals. Switzerland has had the next highest success winning four medals; none gold medals though.

Among the men, Julien Absalon of France is the only person to have won the gold medal twice, back-to-back in 2004 and 2008. The other multiple medal winners are Bart Brentjens of Netherlands and Miguel Martinez of France, each with a gold and a bronze medal.

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In the women's event, Paola Pezzo of Italy has won the gold medal in two consecutive Olympics, 1996 and 2000. Though no other women has won the gold medal twice, Sabine Spits of Germany has achieved a highly notable fete of winning medals in three consecutive Olympics, a bronze medal in 2004, a gold medal in 2008, and a silver in 2012.


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