Thursday, August 7, 2008

BMX racing: from fringe to big time - 2008 Beijing Olympics

This is the first time that BMX racing, also known as bicycle motocross, will be an Olympic medal event.

Riding only inches apart, the cyclists rip around a dirt track with tight turns and spectacular jumps. There are no points for style or artistic expression, as only raw speed wins the race that’s over in less than a minute.

BMX racing originated in the United States in the late 1960s when youngsters in California used their bikes to copy the tricks performed by motorcycle racers. It was eventually recognized as a sport of its own with specialized bikes, safety gear and a unique culture.

In 2003, the International Olympic Committee made BMX a full-medal sport for the 2008 Beijing games — much like snowboarding and other fringe sports have been elevated to the world stage.

The addition of BMX racing to the Olympics follows a series of new events, such as beach volleyball and mountain biking, meant to appeal to a younger crowd. The sport could become the darling of Beijing, much like freestyle skiing captured millions of television viewers during the Winter Olympics.
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