GB’s Charlotte Worthington wins first ever BMX freestyle Olympic gold with history-making trick, America’s Hannah Roberts claims silver, Switzerland’s Nikita Ducarroz wins bronze. Charlotte Worthington completed a backflip 360 - the first time the trick has ever been performed in women’s competition - which blew away the Ariake Sports Park, and was enough to beat a near-perfect first run from three-time world champion Hannah Roberts, who finished in second. Switzerland's Nikita Ducarroz just pipped Roberts' American team-mate Perris Benegas to the bronze medal.
Enjoy this video with breathtaking moments of every BMX Gold Medal Race at the Olympic Games since 2008. BMX is a popular sport and became an Olympic sport in 2008. Since then BMX always shows the tension and exciting moments of racing.
Rim Nakamura started riding at a very young age as his father was also a BMX lifer and showed him the ropes. The last few years Rim has skyrocketed to the top (sometimes literally) and is the main candidate to represent Japan at the 2020 Olympic Games if you ask me. Rim recently was in Eindhoven, Netherlands to ride the 040BMXPARK (Area51). We met up, took some photos and fired over some questions. Let's see what makes the BMX-er from Kyoto tick.
Name: Luis Brethauer Number in Rio: 572 Country: Germany Result: 15th
When was the point for you that you thought you had a good chance of going to the 2016Olympics in Rio? Luis Brethauer: Pretty much directly after the London Olympics I set myself the goal to qualify for Rio. But because of the injuries I had in the qualification years, sometimes I wasn’t really sure about my chances to actually represent Germany another time. But through the end of 2015 it started to look pretty good that I’ll get the one spot through the individual ranking.
Name: Alfredo Campo Number in Rio: 593 Country: Ecuador Result: Last
When was the point for you that you thought you had a good chance of going to the 2016 Olympics in Rio? Alfredo Campo: It was always a dream of mine! Midway 2015 after Pan-Am games I tought I had a good shot of making it!
Can you explain what kind of sacrifices you have to make as a professional BMX racer to be on top of your game all the time? Alfredo Campo: Leaving home being 16 years old was for sure one of the hardest things, but I love challenges that's why bmx has been so unique for me, not having a solid national team and having to do things by my own like making a financial plan is also a tough piece of the puzzle
How important has your coach been on your road to Rio? Alfredo Campo: Main key, a mentor, a journey I will never forget alongside Anders Grounsund