Visalian Going To London Olympics; Snags Spot On U.S. BMX Cycling Team
VISALIA, Calif. (KMPH) —
A Visalia native just found out she's going to the Olympics.
19-year-old Brooke Crain snagged a spot on the U.S. Olympic BMX cycling team.
Brooke was an alternate for the team.
Earlier this week, one of her teammates got hurt pretty badly during practice, and can't compete anymore.
So now, Brooke is taking her place.
The Visalia native is no stranger to winning.
She won several national and world championships in BMX racing before she even graduated high school.
She left for London Wednesday night.
"Actually woke up this morning and thought, it had to have been a dream. It's a dream come true for me, but it's a heartbreak for Arielle. My heart goes out to her, I know how hard we've been training for this," said Brooke.
It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, that comes at the expense of another cyclist.
"I'm so proud of her. She's such a great kid, and her first thought was, mom I just feel so bad for Arielle, she has such a loving heart. We want to be happy for Brooke, we're ecstatic that she is going. This was a dream since she was little," said Shelly Crain, Brooke's mother.
Brooke started racing when she was 6 years old - her mom says at first she wasn't drawn to the sport.
"She actually cried on the starting hill, she first said she didn't want to race. Then that night, she sat up on the starting hill, and said I want to go down. And we actually had to go down and hold the back of her shirt," said Shelly.
After that she took off.
By nine, she'd won several big races.
At sixteen, she became a BMX world champion.
Although she broke her shoulder in a crash earlier this year, she's been training in the San Diego area for the Olympics for several months now, and says she's ready to play through the pain.
"It's as recovered as it's going to get. With the adrenaline and doctors there, they'll probably give me a shot in my arm. And with all the adrenaline being at the Olympic games, I'm sure I won't feel the pain in my arm," said Brooke.
Brooke is scheduled to compete in her very first Olympic game on Wednesday, August 8th.
Her parents will be there in London, cheering her on.