UCI BMX Worlds opens with seven Amercian golds on day one

Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 30, 2008) - The UCI BMX World Championships kicked-off in Taiyuan, China on May 29th with several impressive American performances in the amateur “Challenge Class” division.  Out of 20 total American competitors in the under -14 age divisions, the United States had 13 riders finish in the final eight with seven of those amateur athletes earning gold medals in the World Challenge.  
The first day of competition in the four-day long event warmed up with the five to 14-year-old boys and girls hitting the track in Taiyuan. The U.S. swept the five-six, seven, eight and nine-year-old boys’ age divisions. Wyatt Bell (Berthoud, Colo.) took the win in the youngest age group, while Ethan Wolthers (Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) earned his second world gold at the age of seven. Quentin Crowley (Greensboro, N.C.) and Tyler Fuller (Henderson, Nev.) took home world titles in the eight and nine-year old divisions respectively. Brock Heffron (Chandler, Ariz.) repeated that feat in the 11-year-old age bracket as did 12-year-old Alden Volle (Penryn, Calif.). The lone American girl to win a world title on the day was Shayona Glynn (Norco, Calif.) in the 13-year-old age division.     
The competition continues Friday with challenge class competitors from age 15 to 30+ contesting for a world title. Saturday’s “main event” will feature the world’s best junior and elite men and women fighting it out for the title of World Champion. All non-Olympic discipline “Cruiser Class” races will take place on Sunday for both the Challenge and Championship classes.
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UCI BMX World Championships/Challenge
May 28-June 2, 2008
Taiyuan, China             
Wyatt Bell (Berthoud, Colo.) 5-6 Boys 1st place
Ethan Wolthers (Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) 7 Boys 1st place
Quentin Crowley (Greensboro, N.C.) 8 Boys 1st place
Tyler Fuller (Henderson, Nev.) 9 Boys 1st place
Michael Gonzales (Watsonville, Calif.) 9 Boys 8th place
Brock Heffron (Chandler, Ariz.) 11 Boys 1st place
Collin Hudson (Longmont, Colo.) 11 Boys 2nd place
Nicolas Wolthers (Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) 11 Boys 6th place
Alden Volle (Penryn, Calif.) 12 Boys 1st place
Preston Woods (Miami, Fla.) 12 Boys 2nd place
Shayona Glynn (Norco, Calif.) 13 Girls 1st place
Tiffany Bontorno (Georgetown, Mass.) 14 Girls 3rd place
Kody Wong (Bradenton, Fla.) 14 Boys  8th place
To view photos from the event, click here.
*Photos courtesy Jerry Landrum/bmxmania.com.
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