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Olympic BMX Track Finally Complete

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The Stratford BMX track for the London Olympic Games has been finalised, just in time for the opening ceremony.

Yesterday it was announced that the Olympic BMX track in Stratford is finally 100% ready for London 2012. Despite the fact that the facility has been sampled several times already, such as during the test event and for training purposes, it remained a work in progress until this weekend. With only days left to go before the opening ceremony, several commentators were nervously watching to see whether any unforeseen complications may arise, throwing a spanner in the work and playing havoc with the tight schedule. Thankfully, this did not come to pass.
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The BMX event is making only its second appearance at the Olympic Games, having debuted at Beijing 2008. Although all sporting competitions have a degree of luck to them, this is especially the case with BMX, where the perils of fate come in many forms. The lack of predictability makes it particularly important that the integrity of the track is as reliable as possible, with no surprise wobbles or sudden, unexpected bumps.
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Bearing in mind how crucial luck is, its pretty difficult to make decent predictions regarding who the most likely victors will be in the London 2012 BMX event. That said, it seems that the main contenders are the French, the Australians, the British and the Americans, although the Germans may also be in with a shout.
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Canadian rider, Tory Nyhaug was seen as a potential challenger for a medal, but a serious injury caused the 20-year-old to miss a large chunk of his pre-Games training, casting some doubt over how he will perform. Similarly, British rider, Liam Phillips broke his collarbone at the World Championships earlier this year, potentially jeopardising his performance abilities. That said, both competitors have shown a level of determination and focus in their recovery that may well carry them through to the podium on the day.
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Words By A.L.Cuin

Tags: 2012 Olympic Games, BMX, London, Stratford, track

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