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Cycling - 12. June 2007.

Hime Capture elite titles at BMX National Championships


Waterford Oaks, Mich. (June 9, 2007)—USA Cycling awarded its first-ever national championships in the discipline of BMX racing on Saturday as Olympic hopeful Krystal Hime (San Antonio, Texas) captured the elite title in a sport that will make its Olympic debut in Beijing next summer.

In the elite women’s race, Hime avoided an early-main crash in turn one and held off fellow pre-race favorite Kim Hayashi (Chandler, Ariz.) for the victory.
In the elite women’s category, 10 of the nation’s best were split into a pair of five-woman qualifiers from which Hime, Hayashi, Arielle Martin (Clarksville, Tenn.), Samantha Allen (Bedford, Mich.), Stephanie Barragan (Montclair, Calif.), Afton Schrimpf (Minneapolis, Minn.), Rachel Smith (Gahanna, Ohio) and Cassie Bushnell (Spanaway, Wash.) all advanced. In the following final, a crash in turn one rendered Martin and Schrimpf out of contention while the other six finalists emerged unscathed. Of the six that remained, Hime, the top-ranked American in the world, held off Hayashi for the win while Smith captured the bronze medal.
In the other two championship class Amanda Geving (Largo, Fla.) rode away with the national title in the junior women's races respectively.

In addition to national titles, championship class athletes were awarded points towards their USA Cycling BMX Ranking. For elite athletes, these rankings will ultimately determine the long team from with the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team will be chosen. BMX racing will make its Olympic debut at the 2008 Games in Beijing next August where the United States is expected to contend for medals in both the men's and women's competitions. The women are currently ranked fourth behind Argentina, New Zealand and the Czech Republic.

In addition to the four championship class categories, USA Cycling distributed 43 additional national championship jerseys as amateurs competed for both national titles and the right to represent the United States at the UCI World Challenge this July in British Columbia. A complete list of 2007 USA Cycling National BMX Champions is featured below.
2007 USA Cycling BMX National Championships
Waterford Oaks, Mich.
June 9, 2007
*For complete results from each class and category, click here.


Elite Women
1. Krystal Hime (San Antonio, Texas)
2. Kim Hayashi (Chandler, Ariz.)
3. Rachel Smith (Gahanna, Ohio)
Junior Women
1. Amanda Geving (Largo, Fla.)
2. Toni Rude (Springfield, Mo.)
Girls 8: Mikayla Horick (Clairton, Pa.)
Girls 9: Neva Warren (Seabrook, N.J.)
Girls 10: Rachael Hopperdietzel (Rapid City, S.D.)
Girls 11: Jessica Sherbno (St. Peters, Mo.)
Girls 12: Felicia Stancil (Lake Villa, Ill.)
Girls 13: Audrey Zuloaga (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Girls 14: Victoria Hopperdietzel (Rapid City, S.D.)
Girls 15: Dominique Daniles (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Girls 16: Samantha Bretheim (Lindstrom, Minn.)
Women 17+: Dary Williams (Hesperia, Calif.)
Girls 12 & Under: Felicia Stancil (Lake Villa, Ill.)
Girls 13 & 14: Victoria Hopperdietzel (Rapid City, S.D.)
Girls 15 & 16: Dominique Daniels (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Women 17-24: Ashley Grubb (Durango, Colo.)
Women 30-34: Debbie Chapman (Travelers Rest, S.C.)
Women 35-39: Deanna Jamieson (White Lake, Mich.)
Women 45+: Kathy Bostrom (Sarasota, Fla.)
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling promotes American cycling through its 58,000 members and 2,500 annual events. USA Cycling associations include the BMX Association (BMX), National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), U.S. Cycling Federation (road/track), the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the U.S. Professional Racing Organization (professional men’s road). For more information, visit www.usacycling.org or contact USA Cycling Director of Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867.

This Article Published 2007-06-09 19:29:06 For more information contact: [email protected]

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