Our 12-strong Team Lëtzebuerg has athletes competing in athletics, cycling, swimming, equestrianism, table tennis, triathlon and archery. (twelfth of twelve)
FYI: The so-called “cadre élite” comprises those athletes who have both participated in a certain number of high-level competitions and either achieved, or been close to achieving, the specific standard set to enter the “high performance” category of their sport (distinguished from “mass sport” or “recreational sport”).
The “cadre promotion” includes athletes who have not yet made the “elite” category but have a realistic chance of doing so within the first 6 years upon admission. This is not achieved by meeting specific criteria, but by their general performance as well as participation in high performance international competitions (within respective age categories and 5th and 6th years of performance).
Christine Majerus is seeing her third Olympics this year, competing in both on timed and road races. Part of the “elite category” since 2011, the 34-year-old cyclist trains with Boels-Dolmans/Saf Zeisseng and rides for UCI Women's WorldTeam SD Worx.
Majerus has earned herself first place plenty of times: at the National Road Championships, National Cyclo-cross Championships, Games of the Small States of Europe, and many more, both in time trials and road races. During the Opening Ceremony, Majerus carried the flag alongside swimmer Raphaël Stacchioti.
“To be part of the Olympics once is one thing. To be there for the third time is even more of an achievement and I’m extremely proud,” said Majerus, “I did everything to prepare as well as I could, to be as fast as I could, and to qualify as quickly as possible. Now all I want is to perform well and I’ll be happy.”
On where she sees herself in the upcoming race, Majerus is aware of her strengths, and potential weaknesses: “I’m not necessarily the best climber, so I think I need to be realistic with my goals, but I hope to combine it with a healthy dose of enthusiasm. […] I know I won’t exactly be the one driving the action and will be focusing on reacting, so all I can do is hope for a situation that works in my favour.”
Majerus’s main goal is to outperform her two previous Olympic scores.