At the time of the last Summer Olympics, Jasmin Glaesser didn't even own a bike.
Fast forward to four years later, and the 20-year-old Coquitlam native found herself on a podium in London singing along to O Canada.
Glaesser was a part of Canada's bronze medal win in women's team pursuit Saturday, taking third-place over Australia in a time of 3: 17.915.
Flanked by Tara Whitten of Toronto and Gillian Carleton of Scarborough, Ont., the Canadian crew was bested only by the Americans and the first-place side from Great Britain.
"We knew it was going to be a battle," Glaesser said in a press release. "We knew it was going to come down to the last lap, but we were 100 per cent committed to doing our best."
The Canadians had to overcome a lackluster fourth-place finish in the qualifying round one night earlier, but used the energy from the crowd to refocus and re-energize.
"It really feels amazing. We had to regroup and I'm really proud of how the team came together today," Whitten said.
"We were just fighting the whole way and it's just amazing to have done it. We made a decision to use the energy of the crowd. It's so loud, you can either let it distract you or feed off that energy.
We just did our own ride. It's been really exciting to see the depth of Canadian track cyclist now."
"We were so ready to just go out there and do our best. We knew the Australians were going to be a hard team to beat," Carleton added. "For the last three laps, I was seeing stars. I think going into this, we just wanted to leave everything out there."
Saturday's medal goes alongside the bronze the Canadians won at the world championships in April.
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