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Re: time trials
*** Mike Day BMX Trials Winner To Beijing ***
Chula Vista, Calif. (AP) -- 06/14/2008
Photo Link: GT Bicycles Mike Day Profile.
With his Olympic hopes on the line, Mike Day
delivered the race of his life Saturday.
Day won the U.S. BMX trials in Chula Vista, Calif.,
his dominant performance good enough to secure
a spot on the three-man Beijing-bound team that
will represent America when BMX makes its Olympic
debut this summer.
Knowing his only way onto the Olympic team was to
win the trials, Day set the tone by winning the first
race of the afternoon and eventually held such a
large points lead that the final heat of the day
was canceled â€“ because no one could
mathematically catch him.
Day joins Kyle Bennett on the U.S. squad;
Bennett was exempt from the trials because
he won USA Cycling's yearlong Olympic points
The third spot on the U.S. Olympic team
â€“ a discretionary selection by the team's
coaches â€“ will almost certainly be awarded
to Donny Robinson, the world's top-ranked
BMX racer. Robinson finished second overall
Day finished with 32 points, Robinson had
21 and David Herman was third with 13.
Winning the Olympic trials puts Day in the mix for
a medal in China because the track at the U.S.
Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista is an exact
replica of the course that'll be used in Beijing on
Aug. 20 and 21. USA Cycling and the U.S. Olympic
Committee spent more than $500,000 on the facility,
which was constructed by the same person who built
the Beijing track, Tom Ritzenthaler.
Day has always been a fan of the course,
never more so than Saturday.
He won the time trial to start Saturday's series of
races, then the first heat, or as it's known in BMX,
a moto. He finished second in the next moto
behind Robinson, then won the third â€“ and by
then, it was essentially a two-man race.
Day never faltered. The Olympics have been
his motivation for four years, and soon, they'll
He skipped the world championships in China two
weeks ago to get some more training time on the
Chula Vista course, since he knew the Olympic trials
represented a win-or-else scenario for his Beijing
hopes. Clearly, the extra work paid off Saturday.
CC - The Associated Press (AP) Wire.
ACC - ( U.S. Olympic Team BMX Trials Announced )
GO! Team U.S.A. BMX, GO! - Show us all proud :- )
BMX Museum SUCKS! Big Time.