Lauren Reynolds is an elite BMX racer who has been selected in the Australian Team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games!
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So I thought making my first ever Olympic team 4 years ago in 2012 was a absolute dream come true - just 3 days ago I was selected to represent Australia for the second time at the 2016 Rio Olympic games.
My emotions are still high, with the excitement still in the air, yet so much passion and hard work going into every single day as we get closer and closer. I will leave no stone unturned come August 19 2016.
The Olympic qualifying is quiet a lengthy process and a very demanding to. We started in August last year with officially qualifying and this requires me to be on top of my games for a long time and continue to deliver quality performances right up until the final race prior to the games, being the World Championships. It’s often an emotional roller coaster dealing with all the unexpected, out of your own control factors that come with my sport of BMX Racing. In saying that the thrill and highest of high’s far out way the lows. My past 12-18 months have been very consistent and strong, proving myself and being selected into the 2016 team.
Although I am proud and really happy to be selected, the job is far from over and the final 5 weeks are upon me, the build-up and the final pieces of the puzzle need to be put together. I accept the challenge and I looking forward to making my dream come true and seeing the past 4 years pay off.
Let’s touch on the love from back home. It’s seriously touching and overwhelming to see the support from everyone at home, especially in my hometown on Bunbury. I have received so many messages of encouragement, support, congratulations and love. It truly is incredible and I am extremely grateful. I really will do absolutely everything to make it happen in Rio and bring home a medal.
I was 12 when BMX was announced to be an Olympic sport. From that day forward I’ve had it on my mind and dreamed about it ever since. It really is a rewarding feeling, I need to pinch myself some days knowing that I’m about to compete for my second time - another opportunity to make it happen and chase my childhood dream. I won’t let this one slip…
You know there is honestly nothing more satisfying and rewarding than seeing the young kids in our sport of BMX with a huge smile on their faces after you give them some time and help out.
This week I was lucky enough to be a special guest to Week 2 of the Chula Vista BMX summer camp for the young riders. Once a year during the USA Summer, my local track here in San Diego runs a 3 week camp program for all ages to give the kids a healthy distraction and a hobby to do while on holidays. It’s perfect because they are a group of kids who love riding and are all super passionate BMX’ers.
During my busy training schedule as we lead up to the Olympic games, I took a few hours out of each day to join the group and give them some tips and have fun out on the track. We covered a lot over the week, and what was super cool was taking them on a tour throughout the entire US Olympic training centre and show them all the different sports; where the athletes live on site; where they eat; where they train; where they get their bodies fixed and worked on through sports medical; and recovery routines.
These kids couldn't take the smile off their faces and it certainly open’s their eyes up to what is out there if they wish to continue down this path and pursue their BMX dreams, just like I have.
It was a really great way to spend my down time this week, I had an absolute blast hanging out with these young kids and seeing them grow and learn within a short time. It reminded me of my younger days, where it all started, watching them grow and learn, and have zero worries in the world enjoying the simple things.
I really enjoy giving back and taking the time to share my experiences with the younger generation, and I cannot wait to be able to get back out there and do more of this post Rio 2016.
This week in Chula Vista California, things have really ramped up with my training and the Rio Hype. The Australian High Performance Unit is here now attending all of my training sessions to be of service to what I may need over there next 3 weeks before we depart for Rio.
My personal Coach, Sean Dwight is in town now which has been awesome. Having Sean here has been a real hype and has seen a lot of Personal Best times on the track!
Summer is well and truly here with high temps, bright sunshine and great training sessions. What more could I ask for!! 2 weeks today until I depart for Rio and I am more ready than ever.