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ODI Grips – Building A Champion

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In less than a month BMX athletes from around the world will step onto the world’s largest stage in Rio and leave it all on the line in the hopes of securing the title of Olympic Champion. You have seen many of them on the track and have looked up to them on the podium. But have you ever wondered what happens off the track to prepare them for those 40 seconds of all out exertion? What does it take to compete at the highest level against the most formidable opponents the world has to offer? We asked some of the top Olympic contenders to pull back the curtain and show the blood, sweat and determination that goes into earning the right to stand on the top step and be declared a Champion.

Connor Fields – The last time around Connor Fields fell short of his goal of bringing home the gold. Four Years later and fresh off of injuries, he is determined to not let this happen again. Go behind the scenes and inside the mind of one of BMX’s top athletes as he prepares to take back what he feels is rightfully his in this final segment of Building A Champion.

Caroline Buchanan has spent the last 8 years training for this upcoming Rio games. After coming up short in London, she went on worldwide tour of Championships and wins. Now she’s back stronger than ever to claim what was hers 4 years ago.

Video by Justin Kosman

Maris Strombergs has dominated the BMX event by taking home the gold in both previous Olympic games. Can the man they call “The Machine” continue his streak and bring home another gold for his home country of Latvia? Maris takes us behind the scenes and provides and inside look at the mental preparation needed to take on such a daunting challenge.

Video and images by Justin Kosman

Alise “the Beast” Post has been a dominant force in BMX this year. Facing her second attempt to bring home the gold, Alise provides a rare behind the scenes glimpse at the long hours and grueling workouts that go into preparing to take on the world’s best and come out victorious.

Video by Justin Kosman

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