Tory Nyhaug, Canadian BMX racer, has announced his retirement.The 27-year-old two-time Olympian has struggled with post-concussion symptoms since a crash last year at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, and cites this as a major factor in his decision to retire.
Nyhaug, originally from Port Coquitlam, B.C., represented Canada at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, he finished in fifth place, the best ever Canadian BMX Olympic result. Other career highlights include a 2015 Pan Am Games gold medal and a second place finish at the 2014 UCI BMX World Championships.
Although he has recovered from his concussion, the persistence of post-concussion symptoms for a year and a half after the crash point to the severity of his injury. Rather than put himself in a situation where he could be at risk of another concussion, Nyhaug has made the decision to retire for his health.
Nyhaug will be keeping busy in his retirement. He plans to be heavily involved in the sport, you’ll be able to find him working as a member of the TV crew at the UCI BMX SX World Cups, on his podcast, Coffee Chatter, coaching at camps and riding for the fun of it. “I don’t feel like BMX Racing owes me a single thing,” he said, “I went all in in this sport, and was rewarded more than I thought I ever would be. I poured my heart, soul and every amount of effort I had into training/racing/ being a better athlete.I don’t regret a thing. If I could do it all again I would 1,000 times over. The friendships I’ve made, the lessons I’ve learned, and the personal growth I challenged myself with I’ll have forever. I’ve absolutely loved it.”
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RETIREMENT❗️ The day has come that I must retire from BMX Racing. It hasn’t been an easy decision for me, as most of you know I’ve struggled with a concussion I got last year at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Since then it’s been difficult to recover as I’ve dealt with post concussion symptoms flaring up for a year and a half while training and trying my best to return to racing. I never thought it would take this long to recover, but I can now say I’m through it and happy and healthy. With that being said, because the post concussion symptoms persisted for so long, the severity of it, and the possible long term risk of another hit to the head, I have no choice but to retire for my own health. I don’t feel like BMX Racing owes me a single thing. I went all in in this sport, and was rewarded more than I thought I ever would be. I poured my heart, soul and every amount of effort I had into training/racing/ being a better athlete. I’m proud that I’m one of the few who got to race in an Olympic final, Win a World Championships Silver Medal, a Pan Am Games Gold Medal, and stand on many World Cup podiums around the world. I don’t regret a thing. If I could do it all again I would 1000 times over. The friendships I’ve made, the lessons I’ve learned, and the personal growth I challenged myself with I’ll have forever. I’ve absolutely loved it. I still plan on being heavily involved in our sport, with doing the TV work at the races, coaching camps/riders, riding for the pure enjoyment of it, and being an ambassador for the brands I still represent. So this isn’t a goodbye 🙂 To everyone that was a part of my journey, thank you. Here’s a look into some of my favourite moments over the years. Thank you BMX Racing, you’ve been one hell of a ride I’ll never forget. ❤️ 📸 Photo 1 Getty Images Rick Madonik Photo 2 @canadiancyclist Photos 3-6-7 @craigdutton Photo 4 @dbetcher44 Photo 5 @bmxmania Photo 9 @bmxemotion • • • #bmxrace #bmxracer #bmxracing #ucibmxsx #bmxsx #ucibmx #bmxracelife