Farmer, Bee Keeper, and Olympic Mountain Biker, Georgia Gould Primed for London Olympics

Today's Denver Post featured a great story about Olympic mountain biker Georgia Gould

Georgia Gould is a farmer at heart, and her backyard is like a small farm. She has chickens, honey bees and a vegetable garden. Gould, 32, is preparing for her second Olympiad. She placed eighth in mountain biking in Beijing in 2008 but is a strong candidate to medal this time...

This adopted Coloradan from Baltimore via Sun Valley, Idaho, is into the environment and into another Colorado endeavor. Gould is Colorado's queen bee of mountain biking. Change that. She's the queen bee for the United States, which she will represent for the second straight Olympics next month in London.

Read more at the DenverPost

Georgia Gould Interview on Mountain Bike Radio recently
- Georgia's Interview

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Georgia Advocates for Equal Pay

It's interesting, from the same Denver Post, article Georgia comments that her appeal a few years back to the UCI has yielded some results from promoters...

“The most important thing about that is it shed light on the issue and then the best outcome from it was a lot of promoters voluntarily took it upon themselves that, ‘Wow! That’s ridiculous. Even though we don’t have to, we’re going to make it equal for the top three.’ In fact, now, at this point, four or five years later, I’d say it’s more the exception when it’s not equal for races in the U.S.”

Here is the link to the complete article in the Denver Post:

Lets look at this from a

Lets look at this from a strictly functional standpoint. Georgia wants equal pay for equal work right? History has shown us the only successful way to achieve equality in these situations is integrate as separate can almost never be equal. So ladies, if you want it jump in my field, there is nothing stopping you from that, and take it. Equal

Athlete Compensation

Title IX says that women should have equal access to sports in college and that's actively enforced because colleges are federally funded. I support that, even though it has meant that lots of men's sports are being cut because of the football factor. But when we're talking pro sports it's all about the marketplace. You get what you are worth to the people who are paying you - primarily sponsors and promoters - not for how hard you work or whether you are at the top of your sport.

Danika Patrick makes the same money as any other NASCAR racer based on her placings because she competes head to head with men. She might make MORE in endorsements because she has a unique niche. Where a sport is gender-segregated the best of EACH gender wins, but it is very rare that the best athlete in the sport is actually a woman (anybody have an example?). Comparing world records for swimming, track, whatever bears this out. Michelle Wie tried in golf, no luck. Billie Jean King played Bobby Riggs, not the leading men of her time. And I can remember being in a few Cat 1-2 crits with Connie Carpenter where she held her own, but I doubt she would have been on the podium at the men's TdF.

My warm fuzzy side says maybe we should reward women equally (calculating equal work or outcomes is subject to lots of interpretation of course as the comments show). My analytical and business side says women aren't worth as much in the marketplace, therefore they should be rewarded less (obviously this is not about a woman's overall worth, only as a competitor/endorser).

Another angle on this is to look at the top women across multiple sports. Should the best woman cyclist make as much as the best woman golfer? They both give everything they have to rise to the top, but the market does not value that effort the same. I'm assuming women would accept this market disparity, but not the one that addresses gender? Is there really a difference?

My hat is off to all competitors, man or woman. And the women who rise to the top of their sports are awesome athletes, cyclists included. But I just can't abide with the concept of balancing payouts between men and women because it is somehow more "fair". There isn't any slavery or indentured servitude here, it's a choice to pursue this path and those that do will be rewarded based upon their financial impact on those paying the bills.

"Title IX says that women

"Title IX says that women should have equal access to sports in college ..."

True, but it is being implemented as equal quotas. By that I mean that all men and women can tryout for the football team. That IS equal access and indeed, CU once had a female athlete on its football team.

Football is a gender neutral sport in college and in high school, just like wrestling. That is equal access. Requiring an equal number of scholarships is called a quota system.