Podcast: David Herman On Being a BMX Olympian
Last Sunday’s UCI BMX World Championships crowned Sam WIlloughby and Magalie Pottier as 2012 World Champions. But a second race was happening simultaneously that was all American…the race for the top of the USA Cycling BMX Power Rankings points. Following Sunday’s Championship main event, one man and one woman from Team USA would earn the “Automatic Nomination” slot to London 2012.
The second of the three mens slots will be decided at the US Olympic Trials race on June 16, in Chula Vista…and the third and final slot for the men will be the so-called “coach’s pick” (which is actually a selection committee of eight cycling luminaries who nominate the final rider based on pre-determined criteria).
Connor Fields went in to the World Championships with a 137 point lead on David Herman for the automatic slot. With Connor crashing out in the quarterfinal, David could make up the 138 points he needed with a sixth place or better in the main event (which would have given him 140 points).
David ended up with a fifth for the day, which put him over the top, and landed him in the first Team USA slot for Mens BMX Racing in 2012.
Now back at his home in colorado, BMX News sat down with David today to talk about the weekend, the moment he realized he would be on the team, and what the next 69 days leading up to the first gate, on August 8 will look like for him.
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Congratulations to David, his sponsor, Free Agent Bicycles, and Coach Greg Romero from all of us here at BMX News! We look forward to following your collective progress, on through the medal ceremony on August 10.
Editors Note: BMXNEWS.COM will have a Podcast with Team USA Women’s Automatic Nominee, Arielle Martin, tomorrow. And coming up Monday, Elite Men’s World Champion, Sam WIlloughby.