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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

Maris Wins UCI Supercross at Rock Hill

Maris wins at Rock Hill

Maris wins at Rock Hill

Maris wins at Rock Hill

Maris wins at Rock Hill

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Maris wins at Rock Hill

Maris Strombergs rides to victory at the UCI Supercross in Rock Hill, South Carolina over Tory Nyhaug (CAN) and Connor Fields (USA)

Main Event video below.

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Maris Strombergs wins USA BMX National Championship!

2014 National Number 1 Pro

Maris Strombergs wins USA BMX National Championship!

Just in case you missed the Grand Nationals in Tulsa, OK this weekend, Maris Strombergs was crowned USA BMX National #1 Pro for 2014.  Congratulations Maris!!

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Maris Wins at ABA Gator Nationals

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Free Agent Pros Maris Strombergs and David Herman raced this weekend at the ABA Gator Nationals BMX in Oldsmar, Florida. Maris won on Saturday and placed second Sunday, while David placed third on Sunday.

Awesome images by Mike Carruth.

 

 

 

 

UCI Worlds

World Championships 2013Not the greatest World Championships for the Team with Cristian crashing, Maris not really getting the feel of the track and David, left high and dry in the semi. In all, a good time in NZ, great people and a well-hosted event. Looking forward to going back…
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Salt Lake USABMX / Latvia European Championships

Maris at the European Championships in Latvia Good showing from both David Herman and Cristian Becerine at the USABMX Nationals in Salt Lake this past weekend. David was killing it all weekend long down the first straight and looking good out there on the track. Saturday David had a few problems with his starts that held him back in the mains but he came back Sunday and hit the podium with a strong 3rd place. #CitizenC Crisitan Becerine had another good weekend finishing 2nd on Saturday and winning Sunday.
Over in Europe it was rounds 9 &10 of the European Championships in Riga, Latvia. With hectic media attention all week, Maris was feeling a little tired but did what he needed to pull a 2nd both days to clinch the overall European Championship title for the year. Congrats, Machine. Next up, Maris will start his preparation for his next major goal of the season, The World Championships in New Zealand next month. As always cheers to our sponsors

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