Team GB BMX star Liam Phillips has been riding his bike since way back in 1994, when he was just five years old. Now the 2013 World Champion and regular record-breaker is preparing to add a third Games to his Olympic record this summer in Rio de Janeiro, to try and finally add a coveted gold medal to his already stellar collection of prizes.
Liam missed out on a gold on home turf in London – unfortunately unclipping from his pedal and crashing out in the Olympic BMX medal race having recovered from surgery on his collarbone just ten weeks before the start of the Games.
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He bounced back with that World Championships win one year later though, and went on to become the first man to ever win back to back overall Supercross World Cup titles in 2014 and 2015, an achievement which wrote his name into the history books.
But how did Liam get involved in BMX racing to start with? We caught up with Phillips for a feature interview on his Olympic preparation recently, and thought we’d find out exactly how he got started and why he loves racing BMX while we were there.
“What I love about BMX is the fact that everything rests on my shoulders”