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Liz Reap Carlson flying at 42

Originally Published: March 6, 2012
By Michelle Hamilton | Special to espnW

Inside the velodrome at the 2011 Pan Am Games, elite cyclist Liz Reap Carlson pummeled some 1,200 watts of power into her bike pedals. She had one goal: whip around the track and propel herself and her teammate into the final round of the team sprint event, a two-woman, two-lap track race.

At the bell, Carlson went from zero to 38 miles per hour in 19.6 seconds. Teammate Madalyn Godby was in position behind her and bolted around the track. The women's speed not only advanced ...

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