U.S. BMX Rider to Finally Make Olympic Debut

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While still studying at high school in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Alise Post was competing as one of the top ranked BMX riders in the U.S., and the world. Despite this, Post found herself unable to take a place on the U.S. Olympic team in 2008; at 17 years old she was two years under the minimum competition age of 19 required at Olympic Games events for BMX. Battling back from injuries between the 2008 and 2012 Olympiads, Post should finally appear on the Olympic BMX Track in London.

Background

Born in 1991, Alise Post enters the 2012 London Olympic Games as one of the favorites for a medal. The U.S. rider has limited her activities to concentrate on making the U.S. Olympic team in 2012. Before the 2008 Games Post was regularly competing as a BMX cyclist, gymnast, and track and field athlete. In 2009, Post began to concentrate solely on BMX. Her efforts to become a top rider have seen her leave her studies at the University of San Diego, and relocate from Minnesota to California for better training facilities.

Injuries

2009 saw Post accept an invitation to train at the Olympic Training Center at Chula Vista, California, from USA Cycling. While practicing at Chula Vista in 2010 Post fell and broke her leg, ending her season. This was followed a year later by another fall that saw her ruled out of most of the 2011 season with damaged knee ligaments. Her return to action in 2012 saw a return to good form; Post finished in the top four of the first three UCI World Cup BMX races, winning the last event in Papendal, Netherlands before the London Olympics. At the 2012 World Championships Post fell while leading the final, finishing the final in eighth place.

Rivals

Amongst Post's main rivals for gold are her Redline Cycling teammate, Magalie Pottier, who took advantage of Post's fall to win the 2012 World Championship. Caroline Buchanan, of Australia is the current leader of the UCI World Cup standings, in which Alise Post lies second. Buchanan was also too young to take part in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, making 2012 her Olympic debut.

Paul Cartmell has been riding in a variety of bicycle disciplines, including road racing, mountain bikes and BMX as an amateur for over twenty years.

 

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