Paralympic star Jody Cundy arrives in Rio de Janeiro ahead of 2016 Games
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Walpole St Andrew Paralympic cycling star Jody Cundy has arrived in Rio de Janeiro – and is determined to make amends for his infamous performance at the 2012 London Games.
The 2016 Games get under way next Wednesday (September 7), and the 37-year-old is hoping that success in Rio will help him overcome his notorious expletive-ridden rant at London 2012 that has overshadowed his fine career.
“Four years ago today it all went wrong in London,” Cundy posted on Facebook. “Today, I fly out to Rio to put it right. And if not at least it’s after the watershed this time!”
Cundy was the favourite for gold in the 2012 C4/C5 one-kilometre time-trial, but famously ranted at officials in front of a packed Olympic Velodrome after they had deemed he had made a faulty start.
The five-time Paralympic champion redeemed himself somewhat by taking bronze in the four-kilometre pursuit, but says that he has “unfinished business” ahead of his involvement in his sixth Games.
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The cyclist will sport a newly-painted prosthetic leg in Rio, and the star offered a small glimpse into its pirate map design on Twitter.
He said: “Just had my freshly painted leg for Rio delivered by @idcustom all I can say is OMG, what an amazing job, beyond my wildest dreams. So Cool!
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“In the timescale they had they’ve worked magic. I’ll show you all when I’m about to go onto my first track session on the Rio Velodrome.”
Cundy begins his Games in the one-kilometre time-trial on Friday September 9, before taking part in the mixed Team Sprint on Sunday September 11.