Tory Nyhaug has landed in Rio and is making his final preparations before hitting the track at the beginning of the BMX competition at the Olympics in the seeding round which begins on Wednesday, August 17 at 1:34pm EDT. Nyhaug says there are as many as 20 riders who are capable of capturing a medal in Rio so he remains focused on just going out and doing the best ride he can all while having fun in the process.
This is the second time the 25-year-old who calls Coquitlam, B.C. home is representing Canada at the Olympic games. He traveled to London in 2012 just nine weeks after sustaining a ruptured spleen in his last competition before the games. This time around his built up this time has gone more smoothly. Last year he won gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and he has since been healthy as he eyed the Olympics. In 2014, he also took home the silver medal at the world championships in Rotterdam.
Getting on the finished track for the first time on August 15, Nyhaug posted a point-of-view video on his Facebook account previewing the Rio BMX track. The course he says, “is really fast and is fun to ride. I think it will be a good show for the Olympics. They have it dialed in for the big show so it will be really smooth and great to watch.”
Following the seeding, the four heats of the quarterfinals of the men’s competition is scheduled for Thursday at 12:30pm EDT with the semifinals and finals following on Friday, August 19 at 12:38pm and 2:10pm EDT respectively.