Athletes Put It All on the Line at BMX Olympic Trials

What happens on the track could give one BMX athlete a chance at an Olympic dream.

One rider will secure a spot on the U.S. Olympic BMX Team Saturday at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

A lot will be on the line for eight competitors as the BMX Olympic Trials take place this weekend.

BMX races last a matter of seconds after the gate drops at the top of the ramp.

What happens on the track could give one young athlete a chance at an Olympic dream.

Just three BMX riders will be going to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. One has been confirmed already. A second will be decided by the trials Saturday. The third and final competitor will be chosen by coaches.

USA BMX’s Nic Long earned a spot on Team USA for the 2016 Olympics in Rio last weekend. NBC 7’s Steven Luke caught up with the Lakeside native.

Nic Long, 26, of Lakeside has already secured one of three spots on the men's USA Olympic BMX Team.

He finished 3rd at the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships in Medellin, Colombia and will be making his second trip to the Olympics.

The trials are open to the public. The gates of the Olympic Training Center open at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and the event is expected to run three hours, according to the City of Chula Vista's website. 

The cost of admission is $10. Children four and under are free.

With one year left until the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, NBC 7’s Elena Gomez speaks with Felicia Stancil, a BMX athlete hoping to head to the Games next year. Also new for Team USA fans ahead of Rio: Team USA underwear.
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