But he still looks back on London with fond memories, saying: “I just felt so humbled by the whole experience. I couldn’t believe that 6,000 people, the vast majority of whom weren’t anything to do with BMX, had spent their hard earned money watching a sport that isn’t a traditional Olympic sport and was still new to the Olympics. That for me was crazy.
“David Beckham and his kids and the Prime Minister were all there on finals day, and it was a surreal moment. It’s not what usually happens at BMX races.
“I can’t blame anyone else if I go out there and underperform; it all rests on me…”
“If I could race that whole competition again tomorrow, I would do it in a heartbeat. I don’t think there will ever be a competition that will come close to that. It was just amazing.”
Though, we’re sure that opinion might change if Liam were to win gold in Brazil this summer. From a young kid winning European titles at 10 years old to a world champion and record-breaking world cup winner, there’s only one box left to tick now for the 27 year old.
Anything can happen on the day – Liam knows that more than most. But he’s confident and open about his desire to win, and about the impact a win could have on the future of the sport in Great Britain as well.
“What I love about BMX is the fact that everything rests on my shoulders,” he says. “I can’t blame anyone else if I go out there and underperform; it all rests on me.