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Alexandria native Missy Erickson raced in the Flying 200-meter event at the Pan American Continental Championships in Mexico City in February 2013. Erickson finished that race in a personal-record time of 11.220. She also set a United States record with her USA teammate Madalyn Godby in the team sprint event at the Pan-Am Championships. Submitted Photo

Cyclist sets sights on 2016 Olympics

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ALEXANDRIA — Olympic athletes don’t often come from towns of 12,000 people. Then again, Olympic athletes don’t ever conform to traditional standards.


Alexandria’s Missy Erickson is further proof of that. Many people would say she is getting ahead of herself. They would see that she has less than a year of experience since she completely devoted herself to track cycling and think there’s no way. But that’s not how Olympic athletes think, and that’s not how Erickson thinks.

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