American Rick Thorne has been a professional BMX rider for over 20 years. Aside from his nine X-Games appearances, Rick has starred in the Gravity Games, the MTV Sports and Music Festival, the Vans Triple Crown Series, the Mobile Skatepark Series, the Dew Tour and LG Action Sports Contests in China, Korea, Russia and the UK. In 2000, he was named Vert champion at the New Zealand X Games. However, not content with just riding a BMX for a living, he has also had cameo roles in films including XXX and Paul Blart: Mall Cop and has worked as a host for TV stations including ESPN, Fox, NBC, and MTV. He has appeared in Tony Hawk’s and Mat Hoffman’s video game series, and is the lead singer of high energy band, Good Guys In Black. Rick was born in 1969 in Kansas City, Missouri. He began riding at age 12 and entered his first competition at 15, but it was never easy. “Nothing has been handed to me,” he says. “I work hard to follow my dreams and heart. I am a midwest kid from a lower middle class factory neighborhood that stuck to his belief of never giving in and refusing to give up.” He has overcame bad influences and dangerously low self esteem to become perhaps one of the great showmen of BMX for the past two decades, and certainly one of its most recognisable figures. He is a true believer in doing what he wants to do - off the track and on.
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