Bethany Shriever made historical past by turning into the primary U.Okay. BMX rider to win gold on the 2020 Olympics, her first Olympics, thanks partly to her followers.
In 2017, authorities company UK Sport introduced it will solely fund bids for male riders on the Tokyo Video games, primarily based on previous outcomes. Whereas British Biking created a monetary assist bundle for feminine rivals, Shriever opted to lift cash on her personal to cowl the price of hiring a coach and her total journey to the Olympics, which totaled about £50,000 ($69,500), BBC Sport reported. The now-22-year-old labored part-time as a kids’s educating assistant for 2 years and obtained help from her dad and mom and crowdfunding donations from followers.
On Friday, July 30, Shriever received gold within the girls’s biking BMX racing ultimate, whereas defending champion Mariana Pajón of Colombia received silver. After Shriever ditched her bike following her victory, Kye Whyte, who received the silver medal within the males’s occasion, swept her up in his arms. The 2 had been the one British medalists and are the primary BMX riders to ever medal on the Olympics.