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 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!
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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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.
(http://www NULL.freeagentbmx NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/970299_10151551719372894_605216799_n-Small NULL.jpg)Not 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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(http://www NULL.freeagentbmx NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/979867_609566152401274_155148049_o-Small NULL.jpg)Good weekend for Maris winning both days European Championship round 5&6 Weiterstadt, Germany. Good stuff Machine…
Awesome race weekend in Phoenix.
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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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