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caption=”Mike Day, 23, is a member of the U.S. BMX Olympic team.”]
BMX stands for Bicycle Motocross. This summer BMX is adorned with the Olympic rings. It’s the first time BMX has been included as an Olympic sport. Mike Day couldn’t wait for the day that was the case.
Mike, now 23, won his first race on his ninth birthday. He turned professional in 2002. His goal wasn’t to go to the Olympics though, since they only recently announced Olympic BMX trials. Initially, all he wanted was to gain the respect of his friends’ families. Mike remembers one friend’s dad saying, “Watching you guys back in the day, I never would’ve dreamed BMX would have taken you this far.”
Now that it has, Mike is ready for the gold. He looks at every day, and all the training that comes with it, not as a burden but as fun. Mike simply says, “I have the best life ever.”
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