Aussie BMX Star Looking for Gold in Rio

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Caroline Buchanan has her sights set on a gold medal at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio.

She already has two BMX world championships to her credit, but is hungry for more.

To help her get there she has enlisted the aid of two Olympic and sporting legends: Marathoner Rob de Castella and pole vaulter Steve Hooker.

Both men have been there and done it. Both men know what it takes to compete at the highest level. And both men now count themselves as mentors to the track powerhouse Buchanan.

At the top level the differences between athletes is often incredibly close – “Everyone who makes the Olympics,” said Deek, “looks a bit the same. But you want to know that every day you’ve achieved something that might make a difference, that will make you complete.”

And in a sport like BMX this is crucial. BMX is ruthless, hard, and fiercely competitive. The further back you are from being first at the first bend, the harder it will be for you to make up that difference. Moreover, the further back you are the more likely it is you will be involved in a crash, ruining your chances of even finishing.

Confidence, then, is every bit as important as power and skill.

“And confidence is what Buchanan has after two consecutive world championship wins. She now plans to ride out the remainder of the Australian season before leaving Australia to compete in the 2015 World Cup circuit in April.

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