Building A Champion – Part II: #81 Maris Strombergs
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? In this video series, 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.
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
World Cup Action, Maris The Machine Wins in The Netherlands
Two time Olympic Gold medalist, and Free Agent rider, Maris Strombergs comes up with a great win this past weekend at the third stop of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series in Papendal, The Netherlands. Watch his first place finish below.
BMX Jam in Riverside
We had a great time at the Free Agent BMX Jam in Riverside last Saturday! Check out the edit featuring Jared Eberwein, Dustin McCarty, Andrew Lazaruk, Chris Rivers, Derek Kenny & Ricky Moseley along with a bunch of other riders who came out and killed it!
There is a New Sheriff in Town
Maris Strombergs road into Austin TX for the Lone Star Nationals and road away with first place both days.
Maris, The Machine Strombergs Going for Gold #3
Maris Strombergs shares his thoughts on going for a third Gold Medal this summer in Rio.
Tulsa and Mexico Visit
Maris and David just finished the school visits in Tulsa.
Here are some photos from Tulsa and a few other photos from earlier in the year.
One of them was with Nickelodeon. Another is from a trip David took in January to Mexico to build a house for a Mexican family in need.