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BMX: gold medalists trained at Swiss World Cycling Centre

The two BMX gold medalists at the Beijing Olympic Games trained on numerous occasions on the BMX track at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland. Latvia’s Maris Strombergs took the gold medal in the men’s competition, while the French rider Anne-Caroline Chausson claimed Olympic glory in the women’s event. Maris Strombergs and his Olympic team mates trained four times at the WCC this year. Their fourth and final training camp finished on August 15th, when they flew directly to Beijing for the final countdown to the competition.

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The two BMX gold medalists at the Beijing Olympic Games trained on numerous occasions on the BMX track at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland.

Latvia’s Maris Strombergs took the gold medal in the men’s competition, while the French rider Anne-Caroline Chausson claimed Olympic glory in the women’s event.

Maris Strombergs and his Olympic team mates trained four times at the WCC this year. Their fourth and final training camp finished on August 15th, when they flew directly to Beijing for the final countdown to the competition.

The women’s gold medalist, Anne-Caroline Chausson, trained at the WCC on six occasions. Her compatriot and silver medalist, Laetitia Le Corguillé also benefited from the centre’s facilities, attending five training camps.

In total, seven of the eight women finalists and five of the eight men finalists trained at least once at the World Cycling Centre this year. They came to Aigle to train on the WCC’s track and starting ramp, both of which were modified to resemble the track and ramp at the Olympics.

Two World Cycling Centre trainees, Samantha Cools (Canada) and Sifiso Nhlapo (South Africa) qualified for the finals of the BMX competition in Beijing. Unfortunately they both fell and were unable to defend their chances.