Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/6/14
Taylor Phinney relaxes on a low stone wall behind an idyllic countryside hotel south of London, looking perfectly at ease even as the tension begins to mount. Phinney's been focusing on this week all summer. While his counterparts in the European peloton were grinding through the three-week odyssey of the Tour de France, the 22-year-old Phinney was in the high mountains of Colorado, training with a singular focus: Earning an Olympic medal, just like mom and dad. That would be Connie Carpenter-Phinney, who won gold at the 1984 Summer Games, and Davis Phinney, one of the pioneers of American cycling and a bronze medalist at the Los Angeles Olympics. Together, they represent the first family of American cycling. ''I understand a little more profoundly the meaning of a gold medal versus anything else we can achieve in our sport,'' the younger Phinney said this week, ''just having the parents I have.'' Much like soccer and its World Cup, cycling is one of the few sports where the O...
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