Four years after seeing their Olympic dreams come crashing down to earth in Rio de Janeiro, Georgia Baker and Amy Cure are delighted with an opportunity to make them come true on the other side of the Pacific.
The Tasmanian duo have both been named on the Australian track cycling team to contest this year's Games in Tokyo.
"I'm really happy, super proud and really looking forward to it," said Baker, 25, of Perth.
"Because I've experienced it before I feel I know what to expect now, but it's still really exciting.
#Tokyo2020 Fifteen track cyclists have been announced on the @AUSOlympicTeam for @Tokyo2020, with six set to make their Olympic debuts, seven receiving a second Team selection & two returning for their third Games.— AusCyclingTeam (@AusCyclingTeam) March 19, 2020
"With Rio, everything happened really quickly because my improvement was really fast whereas this cycle I feel I've had a continuous build-up over four years and had more time to prepare. But there's still the same excitement."
Cure, of West Pine, is off to her third Olympics at just 27 years old.
"I'm really looking forward to it," she said. "I think Japan will be a country where they have everything well organised and I cannot wait to get over there."
Roommates in Rio, they were both injured when the Australian women's team pursuit crashed in training just days before they were due to compete.
"Obviously we did not have the best result there but we learned a lot from that and are going to Tokyo to try and win gold," Baker said.
Cure added: "My previous two Olympics were completely different experiences but not the results I wanted. Those things happen in sport. There's only so much you can control and that's what you have to focus on.
"We're going to Tokyo to stand on the top step of the podium. A gold medal is our main focus. That's what we train so hard for, that's what motivates us and there's not many people in the world that get to do that."
Both Adelaide-based riders will be making their first visits to Japan and admitted it has been difficult to stay focused on training amid the coronavirus scare which even led to the city's velodrome being closed this week after a staff member tested positive.
"It's not easy among the chaos," Cure said. "It has not affected us as much in qualification as some other sports.It is a bit difficult training for the unknown but we've been told it is still going ahead so we're a bit like the rest of the world and taking it day by day."
Also selected in the women's track endurance team were Ashlee Ankudinoff, 29, of NSW, and South Australians Annette Edmondson, 28, and debutant Maeve Plouffe, 20.
All will be in contention to ride the team pursuit, madison and omnium events.
At last year's world championships in Poland, Baker and Cure were members of the team pursuit line-up that claimed gold and they also combined to win silver in the madison.
The 15-strong track squad will compete from August 3-9 in the Izu velodrome.
As this is some distance from the centre of Tokyo, the riders will not stay at the Olympic Village creating a similar scenario to the 2018 Commonwealth Games where they stayed in Brisbane rather than the event hub on the Gold Coast.
Among the first to offer congratulations was fellow Tasmanian and Australian Chef de Mission, Ian Chesterman. "Australian track cyclists have a phenomenal Olympic legacy and I want to congratulate the 15 selected today to continue that tradition," he said.
Launceston's Richie Porte remains the most likely Tasmanian in contention for the eight road cycling quota places. That team will be announced on May 3. Two of the four riders named for each road race will also have the chance to contest the time trial.
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