Make that THREE places!
In case you didn’t know, the original sport I fell in love with (BMX racing) and did all throughout my youth, is now (beginning in 2008) an Olympic sport!
Today they’re having the US BMX Olympic team trials down in Chula Vista, CA. They’ve whittled the field down to 8 riders…as in the best 8 BMX racers in the entire United States! (btw, the US is by far the toughest and most competitive country in BMX, which makes sense because this is where it started.)
I have nothing but love for ALL eight of these guys…but I gotta pull for family. Family as in my friend from Alabama – Barry “the Alabama Slamma” Nobles. Not only can this kid ride a bike like no one I’ve ever seen, he’s as down-to-earth and humble as one can be.
Barry’s known for his insane ability to ‘ride a bike’ – let me explain.
There are guys who are great, fast racers; there are guys who can jump crazy big jumps and do insane tricks while in the air; there are guys who can ride great on the street and do cool tricks on concrete stuff; some can do the same on wood ramps; and there are guys who can ride mountain bikes really well. But, as in any sport, you have to specialize and chose what you wanna be really good at.
Barry is unique in that he can do ALL of those EXTREMELY well! It’s absolutely insane!!
The Olympic trials are supposed to be on NBC Sports this evening. If you can, check it out! Even if you’re not a big BMX fan, you’ll enjoy watching it, I’m sure.
And if you don’t already have a favorite to pull for – I suggest becoming a fan of Barry Nobles ;) If you’re on twitter, you should follow him @BarryNobles95 – he updates his status there regularly, and you’ll enjoy watching him livin’ the dream as he says.
Good luck, Barry!