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BMX freestyle cyclist Hannah Roberts shifted gears during pandemic to prep for Olympics

BMX freestyle cyclist Hannah Roberts shifted gears during pandemic to prep for Olympics

(from left) Perris Benegas, Hannah Roberts and Ryan Nyquist (Photo: Business Wire) Business Wire Four years ago the International Olympic Committee added BMX Freestyle Cycling…

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(from left) Perris Benegas, Hannah Roberts and Ryan Nyquist (Photo: Business Wire) Business Wire Four years ago the International Olympic Committee added BMX Freestyle Cycling to its list of events. Now, four years and almost two months later Buchanan, Mich. native Hannah Roberts will make her Olympic debut.

It’s a long time coming for the 19-year-old, who has racked up accolades over the last few years. She is a three-time World Cup freestyle winner and three-time world champion. She was the first U.S. Olympic qualifier in BMX freestyle back in February of 2020 after a dominant year in 2019.

“It was, it was kind of unexpected because I thought it was gonna be a little bit later in the year, but it was awesome I was back home with my family in Michigan and got to celebrate with them, and yeah it’s pretty cool,” Roberts said.

The news of Roberts’ qualification came will before the May 12 cutoff when the USA Cycling rankings would be finalized. Shortly after she learned she’d qualified for the Olympics, FISE and the UCI canceled the World Cup event set to take place in Pu Yang, China last May.

In the weeks that followed, several other events were postponed until the IOC pushed the Olympics back to 2021.

With the increase in COVID cases over the last year, Roberts and her training partners set up individual guidelines to make sure they could practice. So for three months Roberts avoided going out in public and limited her travel between the […]

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