Friday has been an historic day for the U.S. Cyclist Team at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. First off, Connor Fields became the first American BMX racer to win an Olympic gold.
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) August 19, 2016
The 23-year-old from BMX racer from Texas got the redemption he was looking for after a disappointing 7th place finish in the finals at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Today he started out with the lead right off the bat in the final and didn’t give it up once throughout the 34.64-second finish.
Field said afterwards, "The last thing my coach said to me before I went up the hill was, ‘Remember how you felt in London and remember how terrible that was? Well here's your chance. Go get it.’
“That turned the fire on inside of me and gave me that little edge I needed. I crossed that finish line and just dropped to my knees, I couldn't believe it.”
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 19, 2016
But Field wasn’t the only American BMX racer to win a medal for the U.S. today. Minnesota’s Alise Post defied odds and took home a silver medal — the best ever finish for an American female in BMX.
Now these two U.S. standouts (Fields and Post) can go home Olympic champions.
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