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    London Calling: Failure? No, not here

    Whatever disappointment Kathryn Bertine may have felt after her Olympic quest came to an end, she received an all-too-personal reminder that trying trumps failure.

    Jun 15 4:46 PM ET | By Kathryn Bertine

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    London Calling: Welcome to the Hope Show

    With a little help from her friends, Kathryn Bertine recharges and sets her sights on the final set of Olympic qualification races.

    May 10 11:22 PM ET | By Kathryn Bertine

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    London Calling: That's bike racing? Really?

    Despite her (mis)adventures in Holland -- FedEx! Bad seat posts! -- Kathryn Bertine is not giving up on her end goal of reaching the London Olympics.

    Apr 27 11:25 AM ET | By Kathryn Bertine

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    London Calling: Respect, not points, wins out in El Salvador

    Kathryn Bertine's latest stop on her Olympic quest takes her to El Salvador, where she learned an invaluable lesson on what matters most on the road.

    Apr 10 6:06 PM ET | By Kathryn Bertine

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    London Calling: Kathryn Bertine returns to the road

    With a recent stumbling block in the rearview mirror, Kathryn Bertine is back to racing. Will a new plan, and a little bit of Good Anger, move her closer to a 2012 Olympics berth?

    Mar 8 12:20 PM ET | By Kathryn Bertine

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    London Calling: Give me something to believe in

    In her latest edition of London Calling, Kathryn Bertine is refocusing her energy and looking for something to believe in. And with five-hour training sessions demanding physical and mental fortitude, there's no room for negative thought.

    Feb 16 2:49 PM ET | By Kathryn Bertine

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    London Calling: Disappointment breeds new energy for Kathryn Bertine

    In her latest edition of London Calling, Kathryn Bertine suddenly finds herself lacking hard-earned Olympic qualification points but vows to work even harder to get to the Games.

    Feb 1 6:40 PM ET | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Kathryn Bertine's letter to Santa

    What does an Olympic hopeful wish for? Instead of peace, love and joy, Kathryn asks Santa for the basics: pants, watts and stupidity.

    Dec 21 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Goodbye offseason, hello Sufferfest

    December means it's time for Kathryn to get back on the bike. This year, a quirky workout video of female pro cyclists provides the perfect motivation.

    Dec 14 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Rockers help a cyclist roll

    Our Olympic hopeful, Kathryn Bertine, gets inspiration from her unlikely kindred spirits in the heavy metal band Anvil.

    Nov 22 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Skirting the issue: boxing's step backward

    The cycling offseason gives Kathryn Bertine time to call out the absurdities plaguing female athletes. Here's the latest: a dress code in women's boxing.

    Nov 1 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Kona champ Chrissie Wellington: Freak of nature?

    Kathryn Bertine interviews triathlete phenom Chrissie Wellington, who just won her fourth Ironman world championship in Hawaii.

    Oct 13 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Kathryn Bertine's world of wackiness

    Our Olympic hopeful gives fans a behind-the-curtain peek at the world championships of road cycling.

    Sep 30 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    The Devil is my copilot

    At the airport, Kathryn Bertine discovers the shockingly high price of her Olympic dream.

    Sep 18 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Forget the hotties, espnW's got the Watties

    When Bicycling Magazine asked who the hottest female cyclist was, Kathryn Bertine decided to offer a much better poll: who's the wattest?

    Sep 7 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Sometimes giving back means taking in

    Kathryn Bertine is expecting a boy. Who just happens to be 16. Assim Chapman will live with her and her husband while shooting for his dream.

    Aug 30 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Answering the dreaded 'what happened?'

    It's the question everyone asks a cyclist when a race doesn't go quite as planned. The answer often reveals life lessons, too.

    Aug 23 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Top 10 questions asked of cyclists

    From crashing to eating to answering nature's call, people have questions about the life of a cyclist. Kathryn Bertine gives the inside track.

    Aug 16 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Perspective is the key to life

    Sometimes when to comes to training, a little perspective is well-needed. Like, for example, remembering how lucky we are to have healthy, athletic bodies.

    Aug 9 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Five reasons it's great to be a female athlete

    As she continues her quest to qualify for the Olympics, Kathryn Bertine reflects on why women rule these days.

    Aug 2 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Time to apply the brakes

    While training and racing call for year-round physical intensity, July is reserved for recharging. Or, as our Olympic hopeful calls it, entering the Tour de Eh.

    Jul 26 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    How to watch the Tour de France

    New to the sport of cycling? Our resident expert offers a starter's manual to get you watching, and understanding, the Tour de France.

    Jul 19 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Kathryn Bertine takes her third national title

    Kathryn Bertine was on a mission to gain qualification points for St. Kitts and Nevis. While taking the win at nationals was exciting, sometimes race reports can be anything but.

    Jul 12 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    A tribute to dads, daughters, sports

    In honor of Father's Day, Kathryn Bertine shares her essay "My father, the cheater," chronicling the relationship she shares with her dad, Peter Bertine.

    Jun 15 | By Kathryn Bertine

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    Taking a hard look at qualifying

    In her ongoing London Calling series, Kathryn Bertine explains why it's really hard to get to the Olympics and how the cycling world can give smaller nations a fair shot to cultivate Olympic hopefuls.

    Jun 8 | By Kathryn Bertine