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    The United States cycling team is undergoing strenuous training in preparation for their attempt to break into the hitherto European-dominated sport during next month's Olympics at Munich.

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    The United States cycling team is undergoing strenuous training in preparation for their attempt to break into the hitherto European-dominated sport during next month's Olympics at Munich.

    A National Broadcasting Company camera crew filmed the fourteen-man U.S. team during their preliminary training session at Morthbrook, Illinois, N.B.C. reporter Dennis Swanson spoke to 23-year-old John Velda Velde, one of the leading American cyclists.

    Amateur cycling has long been popular and well-supported in Europe. In the U.S., however, there are only eight cycling tracks, and the sport does not enjoy a large following.

    SYNOPSIS: Last week in Morthbrook, Illinois, the United States cycling-team trained for next month's Olympics, Hopes of breaking into the European-dominated sport were expressed by team-member John Vande Velde:
    The question of fitness is very important to the team. Cycling does not have a large following in the United States. Unlike the well-supported European teams, the Americans do not have a reserve of enthusiastic cyclists to draw upon... and an injury would seriously reserve any chance of an Olympic model. But spring-cycling is a dangerous sport, and so far this year the fourteen-man team has suffered from three concussions and one broken collar-bone.

    The team has now recovered and the training goes on. Only next month's Olympics will tell whether the Americans can upset Europe's cyclists.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4W9U4PX7FLVFT2DWHY9S2TPHP
    Media URN:
    VLVA4W9U4PX7FLVFT2DWHY9S2TPHP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/07/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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