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Women’s BMX Development Program Launched

USA Cycling effort aiming for gold in 2010 Olympics and will be headed by Sean Dwight.

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USA Cycling is launching a BMX Women’s Development Program headed by Sean Dwight to oversee the new program’s coaching activities.

Dwight, head of by Dwight Training, Pty Ltd., will be tasked with tapping into the United States’ large, undeveloped pool of 14 to 18-year-old female riders who are capable of international results. The objective of the BMX Women’s Development Program is to move athletes from grassroots racing onto international podiums, which maximizes the country’s UCI Nations Ranking and gaining the maximum start spots for American women at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, according to a release from USA Cycling.

Dwight will utilize the Supercross track at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California to prepare the next crop of female BMX racers for medal-winning performances in London in 2012, and beyond.

“There are a lot of young ladies here who haven’t had a lot of training,” Dwight said, based on his observations from camp being held now in Chula Vista. “This program is about teaching them how to live like athletes and mature down that pathway. I’m going to push them toward every resource available here at the Olympic Training Center. So far, I’m really impressed with their skill sets. These girls have no fear.”

Dwight has coached top-level athletes like three-time world champ Kyle Bennett and Australian star Khalen Young. A former professional racer himself, Dwight has previously served as National Coach for BMX Australia and BMX High Performance Coach for Cycling Australia.

“Sean’s BMX coaching experience and his attention to detail is certain to be a valued asset to our USA Cycling BMX programming,” said USA Cycling’s BMX Program Director, Mike King. “He’s worked with many former BMX World Champions and we feel his presence will fill a void that is needed for Women’s BMX development.”

Through the BMX Women’s Development program, USA Cycling plans to provide high performance training with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sports Performance Team while instructing the next generation of female racers to adapt and master the high-flying Supercross style track. The program will provide two women with U.S. OIympic Training Center resident athlete programming, and will select, nominate and manage various athletes for U.S. National team trips to major international competitions like the UCI Supercross World Cups, World Championships, and a handful of international class 3-5 events.

The first trip for development program athletes will be to the opening round of the UCI Supercross World Cup in Madrid, March 22-27, and then on to the European International Class 4 and 5 events in Besancon, France, March 28 – April 4. USA Cycling will name the U.S. National Team for this trip on March 4.

For more information on USA Cycling’s BMX Women’s Development Program, please click here, and stay tuned to to learn how the participants progress throughout the season.

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