Cycling Mountain Bike
Birth Date:  16 May 1991
Place of Birth:  Cape Town
Country of birth:  RSA
Age:  26
Gender:   Female
Height (cm):  163
Weight (Kg):  53

Events and Medals

Sport Event Rank
MTB Cycling Mountain Bike Women's Cross-country 7

Mariske STRAUSS - Schedule

Start Time Event Status
Thu, 12 Apr 10:31
Gold Medal Event Women's Cross-country

Biographical Information

Commonwealth Games
2014 Glasgow, SCO Women's Cross Country 10 1:47.17

World Championships
2017 Cairns, AUS Women's Cross Country 24 7.30
2015 Allnord, AND Women's Cross Country 52 -
2014 Hafjell - Lillehammer, NOR  Women's Cross Country DNS -

Nickname: Biscuit and Riske (, 14 Jun 2017)
Hobbies: Running, hiking, music, abseiling, rocklimbing, paragliding and surfing. (, 14 Jun 2017).
Occupation: Athlete (Facebook, 14 Jun 2017)
Education: Sport science at Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans
Coach: Dr Jeroen SWART (RSA)
Injuries: Tore an abdomen muscle two days before competition at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. (, 14 Jun 2017)
Ambition: "To compete in the Olympics and to become world champ." (, 14 Jun 2017)
Memorable: "I’d have to mention my 2014 Commonwealth Games. I tore my abdominals two days prior to my event and not knowing (not that knowing would have changed my mind from racing) I raced and think I might have made my injury worse. That race really pushed me mentally, physically and spiritually." (, 14 Jun 2017)
Additional information

In 2011, STRAUSS went to the United States to study and compete on the US Collegiate cycling circuit. "It was very challenging balancing studying and racing, not to mention living in a different country. But it really helped me get to know myself and gain significant racing experience. My time there also opened my eyes to the kind of support base that exists in America for cyclists." (, 14 Jun 2017)

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Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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