BMX cyclist Liam Phillips picked for Rio Olympics
Liam Phillips has been selected to compete for Team GB at the
Rio 2016 Olympic Games this summer.
Friday, the British Olympic Association named Liam among 26 cyclists
who will compete at the Olympics in Brazil.
a 2012 London Olympics finalist, said on social media: "Officially
selected to represent Team GB in Rio this summer! I can't wait
to race at my 3rd Olympic Games."
BMX cyclist has been an active member of Burnham-On-Sea BMX Club
since the age of four and is a former pupil of Berrow School and
Highbridge's King Alfred School.
Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This
is great news - I'm so pleased for Liam. It's a great accomplishment
to have reached the Olympics for a third time, and we all wish
him well this summer."
started cycling in 1994 when he was just five-years-old and in
1999 won his first European BMX championship title. More success
at European level ensued, including three bronze medals before
being accepted onto the Olympic Academy Programme in 2005.
2008, aged 19, Liam made it to the quarter-final at the Beijing
Olympic Games in which BMX made its debut.
2011, Liam was asked to train with the track sprint programme,
having shown the power output potential to bid for the man one
position in the mens team sprint. He spent six months training
on the track before making the decision to return to BMX.
the 2012 BMX world championships, Phillips won silver but in the
first race of the supercross however, he crashed and broke his
collarbone ten weeks out from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
remarkable recovery followed and on August 10th, he lined up in
the final of the men's BMX competition but halfway round the course
his foot unclipped from his pedal and crashed out of the race.
the 2013 BMX world championships, Phillips won all of his races
on his way to the rainbow jersey in Auckland, New Zealand.
has won back-back time-trial and supercross doubles at the 2013
and 2014 Manchester UCI BMX Supercross World Cups.
badly-timed undercut by Frenchman Damien Godet saw Philips wiped
out in the 1/8 finals as he attempted to defend his world title
in 2014. He finished the season on a high though, as he was crowned
UCI BMX Supercross World Cup champion, the first British male
to win the title.
2015, wins in Manchester, Angelholm and Santiago del Estero saw
Phillips make history as he became the first man to win back-to-back
UCI BMX Supercross World Cup titles.
year, Liam won the Manchester round of the UCI BMX Supercross
world cup for the fourth consecutive year.