Podcast: Arielle Martin on Worlds and London
The last time Arielle Martin was our guest on Announcers Tower, she had just won the Chula Vista World Cup, last October. Back then, the sole goal was to “make the team.” At the OTC, there’s no need to specify what “team,” because there is only one…the 2012 US Olympic BMX Team.
Well, Arielle’s long journey toward making the team became reality last Sunday, as she crossed the finish line in the 2012 UCI BMX World Championships. Her points lead going in, an unfortunate turn one wreck for Alise Post while leading the Worlds final, and steering clear of the resulting carnage, all factors in winning the USA Cycling BMX “Power Rankings–” and with it, earning the the “automatic nomination” slot on the Womens team.
BMX News sat down with Arielle four days after the World Championships. She was already back in Chula Vista, and moving on to day one of her London-specific training. When we got with her, she had just wrapped on a day of shooting with The US Olympic Committee and YouTube, who have joined forces to create a special YouTube Channel called “Qualified.” The Webisodes will follow 16 London 2012 athletes, and show an anxious audience what life is like behind the scenes as they get ready for the Summer Games.
This was a really fun interview to do, as Arielle’s always a very chill guest, whose easy conversational style will have you smiling right along with the flow of the discussion.
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We wish Arielle, and all of Team USA the best as they pull out all the stops to pack the podium in London on August 10.