The Venezuelan rider discusses his ability to strategise and adapt, and his desire to help those around him. At 36, Daniel Dhers has shown a remarkable ability to adapt as freestyle BMX grew over the past decades. Finding new winning strategies has kept him at the top of the sport for over 20 years. We sat down to discuss how that allowed him to clinch a silver medal on the biggest sporting stage of all in Tokyo.
Being a veteran of the sport, what was your strategy facing the younger athletes during the competition? Daniel Dhers: I think the best thing about my age is the experience and being able to understand how to set up a strategy. It's something that's always attracted me. I think that's why I've always liked chess,
Results C1 Kalashnikov Cup Park - Izhevsk - Russia 30 April 2021 Elite Men Park: 1 DHERS Daniel VEN 200 points 2 RIZAEV Irek RUS 160 3 FOMINOV Nikita RUS 130 4 ISAKOV Nikita RUS 110 5 MOLLAEV Aleksandr RUS 90 6 AKHMETZYANOV Jamil RUS 70 7 ALIEV Anar RUS 50 8 LIUBISHKIN Arsenii RUS 30 9 ZHURAVLEV Pavel RUS 20 10 KHOLODNIAKOV Artem RUS 10
Elite Women Park: 1 LIUBIMOVA Valeriia RUS 200 points 2 KRUGLOVA Ekaterina RUS 160 3 MALYSHEVA Elena RUS 130 4 TEREBOVA Anastasiia RUS 110
Daniel Dhers has enjoyed a legendary BMX career that has seen him win everything there is to win including a haul of five X Games gold medals. His tricks and titles have seem him become one of the most popular riders on the planet. Next year will see him head to Tokyo to compete in the BMX Freestyle Park competition for the first time and we caught up with the veteran of the scene to discuss his life on two wheels. Here is what the 2019 Pan American Games champion had to say about his career so far and what lies ahead for him beyond Japan next year:
What do you think the kid who first got on a bike to socialise with his friends in Venezuela would have said about your career so far?
Venezuelan National Championship - Barquisimeto - 30 Mar 2019 Elite Men: 1 DHERS Daniel VEN 200 Points 2 ALVIAREZ Edy VEN 160 3 ORDOÑEZ Juan VEN 130 4 MARQUEZ Gerhald VEN 110 5 PARRA Emiller VEN 90 6 RAMIREZ Alejandro VEN 70 7 DE MEO Kevin VEN 50 8 ZAMBRANO Jefferson VEN 30 9 OROPEZA Migdow VEN 20 10 RODRIGUEZ Jhonny VEN 10
Elite Women: 1 DIAZ Katherine VEN 200 points 2 HERNANDEZ Yeinkerly VEN 160
Baltic Games results are in. Here's how the men and women ended up in Poland in BMX PARK. Men: 1 Dhers Daniel Venezuela 2 Dowell Justin USA Monster Army 3 Nikulin Alex Russia Monster Energy 4 Webb Mark UK Total BMX, VANS 5 Reilly Kieran UK 6 Figar Erik Czech Republic Mutant Bikes, Vans 7 Caillet Istvan France BMX Gangster 8 Mitchell Kein UK 9 Ferrasse Florian France 10 Kovacovic Michal Slovakia Vans, 11 Tryon Bryce USA 12 Theys Gilles Belgium 13 Meisel Michael Germany 14 Hanzlik Jan Czech Republic