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OLYMPICS-RIO-CYCLING/BMW
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August 05, 2016
BMX cyclists might have the fastest first two seconds of any event in the Olympic Games - coming out...
Chula Vista, UNITED STATES
2016 Rio Olympics: BMX athlete bounces back
BMX cyclists might have the fastest first two seconds of any event in the Olympic Games - coming out of a gate on an eight-meter high wall and going from zero to 35 miles per hour in just two beats. For American racer and two-time Olympian Connor Fields, those two seconds account for 75 percent of his training and often determine if he can win the race which often lasts less than 40 seconds. "We work our butts off and I think we have one of the most difficult sports in the Games because we require so many different skills," said Fields. At the London Olympics in 2012, Fields was the No. 1 seed in the final at just 19 years of age, the youngest racer in the field. He crashed, finished seventh and as he describes it "at 19 it is hard not to seem like the end of the world." Now 23, he has more balance in his life and keeps things in perspective. REUTERS/Mike Blake SEARCH "OLYMPIC BMX" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Matching text: OLYMPICS-RIO-CYCLING/BMW
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