An ambition he scrawled on a wall of the family garage as bike-mad teenager was realized by American Connor Fields on Friday as he won the gold medal in the Olympic BMX competition.
Fields’ place in Rio was in doubt after he broke his wrist in a crash in April – an injury that required surgery. Afterwards he said the bone was actually still ‘broken’ and that he had gambled on himself to win a medal.
“I had a great doctor, Randy Viola, who I owe a lot of this to. He was instrumental in putting me back together and giving me a chance to get to the start gate. “I had to bet on myself because if I had hit the wrist again I risked permanent damage. But if I’m not going to bet on me who will bet on me? So I trusted my ability.”