Connor Fields Wins USA’s First BMX Olympic Gold Medal
RIO DE JANEIRO — When Connor Fields was 15, he wrote with sharpie on the wall of his parent’s garage, ‘One day I will be national and world champion.’
On Friday, Fields won the first-ever U.S. gold medal in men’s BMX racing when he crossed the finish line in 34.642, over half a second ahead of the rest of the field.
“When they finally said ‘Olympic Champion’ and my name, it was just surreal,” Fields said. “There’s still sharpie in my garage. I can’t wait to take a picture with (this medal) right next to it. If only my 14 year-old self could see this now.”