Olympics 101: The BMX competition makes its third appearance as an Olympic event in Rio 2016

Posted at 7:30 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 21:07:35-04

Bicycle Motocross competitions started nearly 50 years ago in the heart of southern California, however, the sport will make only its third appearance as an Olympic event.

BMX is one of the four cycling races behind mountain biking, track cycling and road racing, but internationally ranks as the most popular among young cyclists. 

Team USA is comprised of five riders, two women and three men, led by returning Olympian Connor Fields of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Fields, who finished in seventh place at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, will attempt to become the first ever BMX rider to win a gold metal for Team USA. 

Seeding for the BMX finals competition will begin August 17 and medal winners will be crowned on August 19. 

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