2020 Olympics really hold a special place in my heart. My goal is to be there with my sister Saya as siblings, and I will be doing everything in my power to make that happen.
What are some of the sacrifices you have to make to get there?
Kai Sakakibara: I feel so privileged to be able to chase my dream and work towards a single goal every single day. There are definitely highs and lows throughout the journey, but I am grateful and enjoy every step of the process. I wouldn’t call them sacrifices.
Do you enjoy traveling to BMX races all over the world?
Kai Sakakibara: Most definitely. This is one of the best parts about racing BMX - being able to chase my dream of the Olympics while travelling the world and meeting amazing people.
Are you satisfied with the World Cup position you're in at the moment?
Kai Sakakibara: Sure! It’s the best position that I’ve been in so far in my career!
What's the best part about racing in Santiago del Estero?
Kai Sakakibara: Definitely the fans. The atmosphere at the track is always amazing and the crowd really embrace the event. I love chatting with excited kids at the track and around town!
What bike are you taking to Argentina?
Kai Sakakibara: My DK Professional XXX. I built it 2 weeks ago when I landed in the USA.
Who have been supportive of getting you where you are today in BMX racing?
Kai Sakakibara: There are too many people to name them all, but a special thanks has to go to my family for supporting me every step of the way, and my coaches Troy Fisher, James Tennent, Luke Madill and Wade Bootes.
DK Bikes, Peabody, Oakley, Box Components, Michram Industries, Shimano, HT, Onyx, Shoei, Fist Handwear, Parkside Sports Physio.
Pics by Bart de Jong/FATBMX