American BMX rider, Connor Fields, is ready to win a Gold Medal in the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics. Fields has been waiting for four years to redeem himself after a very disappointing final race in the 2012 Olympic Games wherein he finished seventh.
The 23-year-old rider won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and coasted through the 2012 London Olympics until the final race. He was first during the quarterfinal and semifinal heats but he got bumped in the final race to finish second-to-last in the eight-man final.
In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fields admitted that he was heartbroken after the 2012 Olympics. However, he is confident heading to Brazil because of the experience he got in the last four years.
“I think the first experience, being in the Olympics and being 19 years old, it was really hard to know what to expect. At the end of the day, it’s a race, but it’s everything around the race that makes it difficult,” Fields said.
“Definitely, the second time around I know what I’m getting into, and experience is huge, especially at the games,” he added.
The Las Vegas native added that he used a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro as a home decor to be one his motivations. He is hoping that he will not suffer any injuries before the games. Fields and the U.S. BMX team will be heading to Brazil on August 11 because their competition is scheduled from August 17 to 19.
According to the official BMX Rankings, Fields is currently the 11th best in the world and the second-best from the United States heading into the 2016 Rio Olympics. He is just behind San Diego native, Nicholas Long, who is second in the world rankings.