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MIKE DAY WINS 2008 U.S.
OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS - CYCLING (BMX)
Dominant Performance Yields Automatic Nomination to 2008 U.S. Olympic Team
Chula Vista, Calif. (June 14, 2008)-Mike Day (San Clemente, Calif.) won the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Cycling (BMX) on Saturday and will earn the second automatic men's nomination to the squad that will represent the United States later this summer in Beijing.
Day won the multi-heat competition in convincing fashion by winning three of four heats and placing second in the other - a performance so dominating that Day was officially declared the winner before the finals. After four heats, Day's advantage in the overall classification had rendered the remaining six competitors mathematically out of contention, negating the need to contest the finals.
Day began the morning with a victory in the individual time trial when he clocked a winning time of 36.60 seconds. Twenty minutes later he added to his advantage with a win in the first seven-man, head-to-head moto. Entering the second moto with a comfortable 15-8 advantage over Donny Robinson (Napa, Calif.), Day finished second in the competition's third heat, as his lead in the points standings was cut to 22-18 over Robinson.
In the third moto, Day again crossed the line in first to secure 10 points while Robinson's fourth-place effort only yielded an additional 3. Mathematically, Day was untouchable and the finals were cancelled with Day holding a 32-21 advantage over Robinson.
Day joins automatic qualifiers Kyle Bennett (Conroe, Texas) and Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash.) who ended the 2008 season as the top-ranked athletes in USA Cycling's men's and women's BMX Rankings respectively.
|2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Cycling (BMX) - June 14, 2008 - Chula Vista, Calif.|
1. Mike Day 36.60 (5 pts.)
2. Steven Cisar 36.95 (3 pts.)
3. Donny Robinson 37.34 (1 pt.)
4. David Herman 37.44
5. Tyler Brown 37.63
6. Kris Fox 38.01
7. Danny Caluag 38.47
1. Mike Day (10 pts.)
1. Donny Robinson (10 pts.)
2. Mike Day (7 pts.)
3. David Herman (5 pts.)
4. Steven Cisar (3 pts.)
1. Mike Day (10 pts.)
2. Kris Fox (7 pts.)
3. David Herman (5 pts.)
4. Donny Robinson (3 pts.)
USOC BMX Team Trials Photo Gallery
|Kyle seems to think that Mikey is The Man, and he's right, but this is a 1/2 punch that could end up on the podium in Beijing. The Olympics are going to be AWESOME!||Donny Robinson made it interesting, even though Mike Day pretty much 'ruled the course'. Here, dR gets busy makin' things happen on the Second Straight.||WHOA! The U.S. Olympic Training Center is pretty darn impressive. Not your usual BMX workplace, but then, it's not your usual BMX Racing Season!||First Straight panorama. Big Time BMX, baby! NBC TV's in the house, the fans are screamin' and a spot on Team USA to the Olympics is on the LINE! Sweet!||'The Valley Of Death' ... Well, that may be a little dramatic, but this IS one of the most awesome collection of jumps, obstacles ever assemebled, ANYWHERE!||The media was ALL OVER this event. There were writers & fotogs every where. Here's BMX Plus's, Ben Crockett and some guy who's never been to a BMX race before, clickin' Big Winner, #365.||Mike Day, David Herman and Donny Robinson.||After the dust settled, Team USA was only 1 rider short of a full gate. Last Man Announced? July 1st, sports fans. From left, Kyle Bennett, Jill Kintner and Mr. 365!|
|DC, Danny Caluag ... A man alone with his thoughts, except for that Canon EOS 1 pokin' it's way in to his world, at the top of the massive Olympic Start Hill look alike in Chula Vista. The pressure was ON these guys.||Kris Fox, who has been running the international BMX racing circuit for the past year, turned some heads by finishing 4th. Nice job, Kris.||Speaking of a man being alone with this thoughts. What was Mike thinkin' right at this moment? Hmmm. Good idea, watch for the Mike Day Interview on BMX Mania!||Tyler Brown Style, doin' it up for BMX at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. T.B. fought a TOUGH field of competitors on the 'BMX Racing Field Of Dreams'.||Steven Cisar was one of the favorites to land a spot on Team USA/BMX until he SLAMMED in the 2nd moto and had to be led, STAGGERING off the track. In true BMX style, Steven was back to try to finish the race.||Redline's, Bubba Harris (Right) gave announcing a spin after having to withdraw from comp due to injuring his GOOD foot, thursday. Bub and Mike Redman (Left) now make up a legendary "Mic" team.||Major Stan Horton, shown here escorting the sweet singer lady off the track knows all about how to get round a BMX track, he's a certified USAC coach, a good cruiser rider and a bad*** U.S. Marine.||Steven Cisar just oozes 'STYLE'. He's so easy to shoot!|