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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.

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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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