BMX Essay

Topics: Summer Olympic Games, Olympic sports, Olympic Games Pages: 3 (818 words) Published: December 7, 2013


BMX IS A NEW AND UPCOMMING SPORT
Bryan Sessions
GEN 200
October 13, 2013
Deborah Lambert

BMX is a New and Upcoming Sport
Imagine back to when you was a kid and riding your bike down a dirt trail and there is a little mound of dirt in the trail. As you come to this bump you think to yourself how fun it will be to jump it. As you hit the bump you feel your wheels leave the ground. Now you are doing the same trail while riding with your friend Skippy and you are trying to get to the bump first. This is what BMX is like except you are also racing 8 other riders at once. BMX is and old sport that now is new and upcoming sport. BMX is an Olympic sport that is in the summer games every four years. People of all ages, both male and female can participate in this sport and is a very fast paced sport.

BMX was started back in 1969 or 1970 nobody is sure. They figure it started in southern California. Kids would modify their Schwinn stingray bicycles and race them. This was happening all over the country. “But it was a particular California gathering of nameless pioneers who were first recorded on film by Bruce Brown’s cameras for the opening credits of his motorcycle film, ON ANY SUNDAY. In July of 1971, those first 4 minutes and 7 seconds of kids catchin’ air and wheelie’ing forever down the street” (USA BMX, 2012). This was the starting of BMX. In recent years this sport has grown in popularity among younger people. It was first called Pedal-cross but then they called it Bicycle Motor-cross, BMX for short. In 2008 summer Olympics. BMX was going to make it first appearance. Just as swimming and gymnastics are Olympics sports so now is BMX. “Now, four decades later, BMX has left those makeshift tracks for the largest sports stage in the world. Is BMX ready for the Olympics? Perhaps the better question is whether the Olympics are ready for BMX.”(Jen Brown, 2008) The difference between the Olympic track...


References: Jen Brown (2008). NBCNEWS.com Today
USA BMX (2012). Retrieved from http://www.usabmx.com/site/sections/7
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