Three-Time World BMX Champion Ready for Olympic Gold
Britain’s Shanaze Reade has come a long way since her last Olympic appearance in which she admits she was better off not having won the gold in Beijing. BMX was still the newest event in Olympic competition and at 19 years old Reade was heavily favored to place well.
She failed to secure her gold medal when wiping out after an attempt to overtake a competitor in the final turn of the race.
Reade is thankful for the humbling loss and attributes it to her immaturity as an athlete. She went on to state in an interview, “If I had won, I wouldn’t have been a true Olympic champion because I didn’t have all the ingredients it took to be the champion,” later she admitted frankly, “I thought I was mature enough when I was there – but I stepped away and thought ‘you have a lot of growing up to do’.”
Reade’s resume in the sport is exemplary as a distinguished three-time world champion. Not only is that, but her resume of injuries equally as impressive. In the past Reade has suffered a broken shoulder, two broken knees, a broken foot, broken hands, several broken ribs, and a broken coccyx, aka the tailbone.
Where Before Reade felt pressured to perform highly in Beijing due to Britain’s strong cycling competitors, she now feels inspired by other cycling greats, such as Bradley Wiggins, Victoria Pendleton.