Eight riders set to compete at the 2012 Olympic Trials for BMX
Chula Vista, Calif. (June 14, 2012) — On Saturday, June 16, eight men will vie for the chance to compete in London this summer when they put their wheel to the line at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for BMX. The competition will take place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., which features America's only London-replica supercross track.
With the overall winner of the event earning an automatic nomination to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, the competitors include: Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./Chase BMX), Nic Long (Lakeside, Calif./Haro Bikes), Mike Day (San Diego, Calif./GT Bicycles), Barry Nobles (Menifee, Calif./DK Bicycles), Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz./GT Bicycles), Donny Robinson (Napa, Calif./Hyper Bicycles), Joey Bradford (Monterey, Calif./Prophecy BMX) and Josh Meyers (Treasure Island, Fla./Ssquared-Answer). Tyler Faoro (Coral Springs, Fla./Phoenix-Profile) was named the replacement athlete, designating him eligible to replace any athlete who experiences injury, illness, or any foreseen incident prior to the start of the event.
The event format includes a total of six races: two time trials, three motos and a final. Points will be awarded to the top three finishers in the time trial and the top four finishers in each moto. The top six riders who have the highest points after the second moto advance (the other two riders will be eliminated). Then the top four riders with the highest points after the third moto advance to the final (the other two will be eliminated). The final will only include the four riders with the highest points, and a one-lap race will determine the winner who will be named to the 2012 U.S. Olympic BMX Team.
Doors will open to the public on Saturday at 1 p.m., and the event begins at 3 p.m. with an opening cermony. San Diego-based ska band Buck-O-Nine will also be performing during the afternoon's festivities.
General admission tickets will be available for purchase by the public at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista as visitors approach the supercross track. General admission tickets are $10, and children 4 years old or younger are free. Parking will cost $10 per vehicle. V.I.P. tickets will also be available for purchase on-site for $75. V.I.P. tickets include premium spectator area as well as complementary food and beverage. Please note that the Olympic Training Center is a tobacco-free facility
The Road to London
Saturday's competitors will be seeking to join David Herman (Wheat Ridge, Colo./Free Agent-Rockstar), who secured an automatic nomination to the U.S. Olympic Team as the overall leader of the 2012 USA Cycling BMX Power Rankings following the 2012 UCI BMX World Championships.
Fields, Long, Day and Nobles all earned automatic nominations to USA Cycling's BMX Olympic Long Team and invitations to the Olympic Trials for BMX by virtue of their top five ranking in the final standings of the 2012 USA Cycling BMX Power Rankings. Sharrah, Robinson, Bradford and Meyers were all discretionary nominations to the Long Team and were extended invitations to the Olympic Trials based on various factors, including UCI BMX World Championship results and UCI BMX Supercross World Cup results.
On the women's side, Arielle Martin (Spanaway, Wash./Intense BMX) received an automatic nomination to the final Olympic Team by virtue of placing first in the BMX Elite Women's Power Rankings.
One additional female and a third discretionary men's pick for the U.S. Olympic Team will be chosen by an independent committee, and is set to be announced on June 16 at the National BMX Hall of Fame induction ceremony following the trials competition. All nominations are subject to approval by the USOC board of directors. More information on cycling in the Olympic Games, including complete selection procedures can be found at usacycling.org/olympics.
Broadcast Schedule and More Information
The event is set to be televised on the NBC Sports Network on Saturday, June 23 from 6-7:30 p.m. ET. More information, including a complete schedule of events, media credential info and athlete bios, can be found on the U.S. Olympic Trials for BMX webpage.
2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for BMX
U.S. Olympic Training Center — Chula Vista, Calif.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
List of Competitors
Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev./Chase BMX)
Nic Long (Lakeside, Calif./Haro Bikes)
Mike Day (San Diego, Calif./GT Bicycles)
Barry Nobles (Menifee, Calif./DK Bicycles)
Corben Sharrah (Tucson, Ariz./GT Bicycles)
Donny Robinson (Napa, Calif./Hyper Bicycles)
Joey Bradford (Monterey, Calif./Prophecy BMX)
Josh Meyers (Treasure Island, Fla./Ssquared-Answer)
*Tyler Faoro (Coral Springs, Fla./Phoenix-Profile)
*replacement athlete – eligible to replace any athlete who experiences injury, illness, or any foreseen incident prior to the start of the event.
- Participants for U.S. Olympic Trials - BMX announced - Jun 01, 2012
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