World champion mountain bike racer Kate Courtney joins Kelley O’Hara to discuss her incredible run to the top of her sport. Growing up at the base of Mount Tam, the birthplace of modern mountain biking, Kate almost seemed destined to become a world-class racer, but numerous obstacles were thrown in her way.

Kate talks to Kelley about the toughness of competing against European racers and what it was like to become the first American woman to win a UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the Junior Category. They also compare notes about being athletes at Stanford, with Kate having to balance her professional career with being a full-time student.

In 2017, Kate won four U23 World Cups and the U23 World Cup overall. The next year, she became the first American in 17 years to win the UCI World Championship Race.

Just missing out on the 2016 Olympics, Kate shares with Kelley what she learned from the experience and how it still impacts her motivation today. Recovering from a broken arm and with only one race to medal, Kate fills Kelley in on her training and what’s on her playlist as she prepares to go for gold in Tokyo. 


  • US Olympic Team member (Tokyo 2021)
  • UCI MTB World Cup Overall Title Champion (2019)
  • Elite XCO World Cup Overall Champion (2019)
  • Elite XCO World Champion (2018)
  • USA Cycling Elite XC National Championship  (2017)
  • USA Cycling XC National Championships  (U23) (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • USA Cycling XC National Championships , XC (Junior) (2013)
  • Pan-Am Championships, XC (Junior) (2013)
  • USA Cycling XC National Championships, XC (Junior) (2010, 2011)


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