World Champion BMX rider from Bend, Ore. eyes 2020 Olympics
EUGENE, Ore. - BMX bike riders came from all over the nation this weekend to compete for the Gold Cup championship, hosted for the second time in the BMX Emerald Valley track.
BMX is not a typical sport, says World Champion Olivia Armstrong.
“You have to race your own race,” said Armstrong. “If you really love the sport it never gets old.”
The competition brought all type of riders to the track this year.
“We have kids from 3 years old all the way to 70 years old. Men, women, children, boys, girls — all ages do it,” said track operator, Jason Germyn.
Armstrong says BMX gives people the opportunity to step outside the box.
“I think BMX is a really good sport for kids that don’t want to be in the normal sports. It's mixed between a team and an individual sport — you can be on a team and everyone support you, but when you're out in the track, it's all you,” said Armstrong.
Originally from Bend Oregon, Armstrong is a proud Oregonian.
"I really didn’t think standard sports, because she loved it. But I never thought she would get to the level she is at,” said Jill Armstrong, Olivia’s mother.
A dedicated 17 year-old who has her eyes on a big prize, the 2020 Olympics.
Armstrong says she is proud to have all Oregon supporting her.
“Its super cool to have all of Oregon behind me, even if I don’t know them, they are cheering for me and rooting for me,” said Armstrong.
Today all Armstrong was thinking about was winning another title here in her home state.