BMW Names Cyclist Evelyn Stevens Final Member of BMW Performance Team
Stevens Selected by Popular Vote in National Online Competition, Completing Roster of Eleven Elite Athletes
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – Sept. 23, 2011… BMW, the Official Mobility Partner of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), has added cyclist Evelyn Stevens to the BMW Performance Team, an elite group of Olympic and Paralympic athletes who hope to compete at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the lead up to the London 2012 Games, Stevens will receive financial support as well as access to BMW resources and technologies as she trains and competes to qualify for a berth on the U.S. Olympic Cycling Team.
Stevens joins the team by popular vote. BMW invited Americans to cast their vote online to select one of three Olympic hopefuls to become the last member of the BMW Performance Team. Henry Cejudo (wrestling) and Ursula Grobler (rowing) also competed for the slot, which asked participants to view video testimonials from each athlete at www.bmwusa.com/teamusa before voting for the athlete they felt most deserved to be a part of the team. With her unique personal story of a transition from Wall St. to competitive cycling at the age of 25 and dogged determination, Stevens earned more than 50 percent of the popular vote. A relative newcomer to the sport of competitive cycling, Stevens has captured the attention of the cycling world winning races including the Fitchburg Classic, the Cascade Classic and a stage at the Route de France.
“As a female competing in a sport in which funding is notoriously difficult to obtain, I’m so grateful to become a member of the BMW Performance Team,” said Stevens. “To know that I have my peers to thank for rewarding my passion and drive for competitive cycling with their vote makes this even more of an honor.”
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