USA Cycling is proud to announce a new program that will target the future development of women’s BMX. This new program will be identified as the Women’s Olympic Development Squad (WODS) and will be based at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. – home of the Beijing Olympic replica track and a fulltime ABA BMX course.
The goal of the program is to establish a BMX pathway that will take USA’s talented young female athletes from traditional BMX programming onto the international podium. The definitive goal is to send two women to the 2012 London Games and to ultimately bring home Olympic medals.
In addition to adding a new BMX program, we have also hired the BMX coaching services of Sean Dwight of Australia to become the WODS coach. Sean will live at the U.S. Olympic Training Center each year from February 1st to the end of October (after the World Cup finals in Frejus). Sean’s role is to take this group of women and design, coordinate, evaluate, and execute high level training programs while utilizing the USOC Sport Performance team along with access to our SX track. The team will also travel to key UCI international events to insure our best female athletes are accumulating those very important UCI points that go towards our country’s Nation Ranking and individual rankings.
USA Cycling has chosen eight (8) top ranked female BMX athletes and has invited them to a 10 day talent identification camp from February 22nd to March 4th – to be held in Chula Vista. The objective of the camp is to evaluate the group and ultimately announce the team of four women who will be selected for our first International event. Among those on the list are: Arielle Martin; Alise Post; Amanda Geving ; Brooke Crain; Taylor Wolcott ; Ashley Verhagen; Amanda Carr and Dominique Daniels.
Furthermore, USAC has announced that Arielle Martin and REDLINE‘s Alise Post have been selected to the USOC athlete resident program for 2010. These two were selected based on the overall ranking from the 2009 Supercross World Cup series (Martin finished 3rd and Post finished 9th).
USA Cycling, the USOC staff, along with Sean and I (Mike King) are very excited about this new program and the potential challenges that lay ahead.
BMX Program Director
USA Cycling, Inc
Chula Vista, CA 91915