As you plant yourself in front of the television this weekend to watch another round of the excitement from the Olympics in Rio, thought you’d like to know about an important Louisville native who is taking care of some extremely important business at the games.
Tom Neb, a graduate of Ballard High School and the University of Kentucky, has been selected again by USA Cycling to be the mechanic for the USA mountain bike team. This will be his third Olympics — he went to Beijing and London.
Neb grew up in Louisville, was active in local bike racing and as a child, worked at Bicycle Sport and Scheller’s Bike Shops. He now lives in Durango, Colo., and owns his own bike store, San Juan Cycles.
Neb’s proud mom, Carole, still lives in Louisville and says her son gets some pretty nice perks as part of the United States Olympic support team, including staying in the Olympic Village, maintaining the Olympic cyclists’ bikes on the sidelines of all the action and marching in the closing ceremonies of the games.
“You know everyone on the USA team wears the designer clothing provided by Ralph Lauren but Tom doesn’t really dress that way when he’s not at the Olympics so he’s given me a few things,” she said. “I wear a beret he gave me from the London Olympics.”
Keep an eye out for Neb during the mountain bike races at the Rio Olympics the second week of the games.
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