Olympic cyclist to speak at Women & Girls in Sports event

Olympic cycling silver medalist Dotsie Bausch will be the keynote speaker at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table’s annual Women and Girls in Sports Luncheon on Monday (Feb. 3) at the Earl Warren Showgrounds.

Team USA cyclist Dotsie Bausch is the featured speaker at the Women and Girls in Sports Luncheon.

Team USA cyclist Dotsie Bausch is the featured speaker at the Women and Girls in Sports Luncheon.

Bausch will share her experience of overcoming a severe eating disorder that almost took her life as well as her successes in track cycling. She won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Monday’s 11:30 a.m. luncheon will feature more than 500 female athletes from local high schools and colleges. The event celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the lasting impact of Title IX legislation and the outstanding female athletes in the Santa Barbara community. The public is also invited to attend.

“I am excited our student athletes will get the chance to hear from Dotsie,” said Laurie Leighty, president of the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table. “It is such an honor to have her coming to Santa Barbara, especially since her former teammate, Jill Gass, is a local cyclist and will introduce Dotsie.”

Ms. Bausch tried track cycling for the first time in 2007 and, amazingly, won two national titles on the track that same year. She is a seven-time USA Cycling National Champion and a two-time Pan American gold medal winner.

A former model, it was during her recovery from a severe eating disorder that she discovered her passion for cycling.

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