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Kyle Bennett Olympic Memorial

The new memorial for Kyle Bennett at the Beijing Olympic site. Kyle passed away last year right before the London Olympics. Kyle raced for Free Agent during his career and earned many National titles and two World Championships on Free Agent. Kyle Bennett Olympic Memorial

Vote for Maris for Latvia’s Most Popular Athlete

Voting for Latvia’s most popular athlete of the year is going on! Just 3 days left until the awards ceremony!  It’s down to the last 3 guys. Let’s help Maris win it again!!!

 

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Maris Strombergs Mural in Latvia

 

A great photo of this new mural in Maris home country of Latvia.

Maris arrives home in Latvia

Just to show how big of a deal winning a gold medal for your country, check out when Maris landed in his home country.

Go Latvia!!

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MARIS IS GOLDEN IN LONDON!!!

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Maris leads!  photo courtesy Jerry Landrum/bmxmania.com

 

Free Agent racer Maris Strombergs (Latvia) has won Olympic Gold for the second time.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Medalist just pulled off the repeat in London.

Maris worked his way through a competitive field of 32 to qualify for the Main Event held Friday afternoon. Maris was up against the fastest racers in the world including Connor Fields (USA), Sam Willoughby (AUS) and Liam Phiilps (GB) in the Gold Medal event.

Maris drew gate 3 and when the gate dropped Maris pulled a slight holeshot and reached the first turn just in front of the current World Champion, Australian Sam Willoughby. Maris never looked back as he held the lead to the finish.

Congratulations Maris on your incredible victory.

 

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Maris and David Qualify for Olympic Semi-Final

Maris and David both transfer to Friday’s Semi-final. Maris placed 2-5-1 in his first 3 motos and received an automatic transfer for being in the Top-2.

David Herman, however, was under a bit more pressure to transfer after crashing in his first moto and scoring a DNF. David had to ride all 5 motos, taking 8-3-4-1-2 to transfer on points to the Semi.

Maris and David will be in the same Semi #2, along with other favorites like Marc Willers (NZL) and Sam Willoughby (AUS). 4 riders from each of the two Semis will qualify for the final Main.

Live coverage of both Women’s and Men’s Semis can be seen starting at 7:00am Friday morning.

The Women’s Medal Final will run at 7:30am Friday. The Men’s Medal Final will be run at 7:35am Friday.

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