Fields, 19, enjoyed banner years in 2009-10, claiming three podium finishes at World Cup races while still in high school. He graduated in 2011 and enjoy a string of three consecutive World Cup podium finishes and a national championship through 2012.
“I really enjoyed the individualism of BMX,” Fields tells genConnect, “and the adrenaline rush … thanks mom!”
Watch Fields talk to genConnect about how he found his passion for biking:
A flyer advertising the local BMX track captured the attention of Fields’s mother back in 1999 when she stopped in at the bike shop near their home in Las Vegas; she later bought him a BMX bike when he was just seven years old, hoping he would exert his excess energy in the sport.
His father has managed his son’s biking dream by tirelessly shuttling Connor to practice and races, filming races that he and Connor can review later, and sacrificing a lot just so his son could race BMX.
The London 2012 Olympics are is BMX racing’s second Olympic appearance. The competition features the world’s fastest rider, including 32 men and 16 women. Team USA’s Brooke Crain took eighth place in the women’s BMX finals.
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