"It all started when my mom found a flyer at a local bike shop. She had gone there to get something fixed on my bike and saw a flyer advertising the Las Vegas BMX track Nellis BMX. The next week we went out there to try it and I was hooked. From that first day, all I ever wanted to do was be a pro BMXer. When I wasn’t riding BMX, I was watching it. And when I wasn’t watching it, I was thinking about it. At age eleven, I stopped playing all other sports and focused only on BMX. My amateur career was solid. It started off slow but picked up towards the end. At sixteen, I earned my first USABMX National Age Group title. When the International Olympic Committee announced in 2005 that BMX would be added to the Olympic program, competing for my country and winning a medal became my major goal.
After injuring my knee and getting surgery in 2010, I turned pro in 2011 and really “turned up the heat” on trying to make my dream a reality. I am now seven years into my pro career and I still love it as much as I did when I was that young kid who would ride until the street lights came on. BMX is in my blood. Throughout my career my parents have been my biggest supporters and I have also been blessed to work with some amazing coaches.
When I am not racing, I am a part time student at University of Nevada Las Vegas. I started going to classes in 2013 and aim to graduate by 2020 with a degree in business. I am a huge fan of all sports and love watching them in my spare time. I watch every Vegas Golden Knights hockey game and every round of the AMA supercross and motocross season. I am also a decent fantasy football player. I am actively involved with St. Judes Children’s research hospital, Make a Wish Foundation, and I try to give back on the local level any chance I get with different fundraisers or school visits."
In order to be named to the Academic All-Star class athletes must compete at one of the USA Cycling National Championships and have a term GPA of at least 3.5.