Milligan University student-athlete Megan Jastrab has been selected as a member of the Team USA’s track cycling team and will compete in multiple events at the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan.
“It was unforgettable [to get the news],” said Jastrab. “I was out on a training ride and I got the call and it was unforgettable to hear those words, ‘You’re going to the Olympics.’ It was relief and happiness.”
USA Cycling tabbed Jastrab as one of six women’s track cyclists headed to Tokyo in August 2021. She’s the youngest member of Team USA’s women’s track cycling contingent at 19 years old.
Jastrab will be joined by teammates Chloé Dygert, Jannifer Valente, Emma White and Lily Williams for the Team Pursuit Qualifying on Aug. 2. She will also represent the United States alongside Valente in Madison on Aug. 6.
In her junior career, Jastrab captured three World Championships and 29 National Championships. As a professional, she is a member of Team DSM, a professional cycling team that competes at the world tour level.
In her debut season at Milligan, Jastrab was the Collegiate National Champion in the Individual Pursuit (3K) and set Giordana Velodrome’s track record at the event. She led the Buffs to a Collegiate National Championship in the Women’s Team Pursuit that same season.
“She’s one of the hardest workers on the team,” said head coach Zach Nave. “She holds a 4.0, she takes care of what she needs to do; it’s great to see somebody’s hard work and dedication pay off the way that it has for Megan. On and off the bike, you can’t ask for a better athlete to have on your team.”
Jastrab is believed to be the first former or current Milligan student-athlete to compete in the Olympics. She is double majoring in business and exercise science.