Mary McConneloug doesn't need much to be happy.
She and her boyfriend spend a few months each year in Chilmark, Mass., staying in a 10-by-10-foot cabin that has electricity but no running water. When traveling, they spend the nights sleeping in their van and cook most of their meals along the roadside.
So is finishing ninth at her first Olympics good enough?
"Hell, yeah! Inner gold," McConneloug said.
When racing against Norway's Gunn-Rita Dahle, "inner gold" is the best any mountain biker can hope for.
Dahle's medal adds to her rapidly growing list of accomplishments, dominating the field for her 15th consecutive win in an internationally sanctioned race. Since May 2003, Dahle -- whose time was 1 hour 56 minutes 51 seconds -- has won 28 of 32 races she's entered.
Canada's Marie-Helene Premont won the silver in 1:57:50, and world champion Sabine Spitz of Germany got the bronze in 1:59:21.
"Even though I've been winning a lot this year, this is a great moment. I can't describe what it means," Dahle said. "The next minutes, the next hours, the next days will describe what Olympic gold means to me."
Dahle lost about 90 seconds midway through the race because of a problem with her bike. She hopped off, fixed it and moved on.
"A little technical problem during the race is pretty much normal, although it made it a little kind of extra entertaining," she said.