Speed and Sarah Walker

Bio
  • BMX athlete and Olympic Silver Medallist
  • Olympic Games: Beijing 2008, London 2014
  • Olympic Medals: 1 (Silver 2012)

DOB: July 10th 1988

Athletes are born and athletes are forever, but true champions are made. And the lives of champions never stop. They are always competing, always intense, always authentic – on and off the pitch. They are always on. – Unknown

Q&A
What inspired you to get into BMX?
My younger brother got a BMX bike for Christmas and I had to travel with him and my parents over an hour each way to and from the closest BMX track. I lasted 2 months of that before giving it a go myself and falling in love with the sport!
Who is your athlete inspiration and why?
Growing up, I was inspired by Sarah Ulmer, not only for her results on the track but also for her personality. Currently, I am inspired by anyone who is passionate, gives 100% and has fun - young and old!
Who is your personal inspiration and why?
My sports psych inspires me to challenge myself and become the best possible version of myself. He gives examples of how he is living life and it inspires me to live and be true to myself.
How do you intend to be the inspiration?
I intend to inspire people by enjoying what I do and at the same time, giving everything I have to being the best I can be! I intend to inspire by challenging the future BMXers to push their limits to see exactly what is possible!
What's a quote that inspires you?
The story of a champion is usually told through single moments, frozen in time: a beautifully curling free kick, a goal scored, a finish line crossed. Now more than ever, these split seconds of brilliance are seen alone, separate from everything that has gone before and everything that comes after. But the greatest athletes are never ...just their highlight reels, never just the goals, dunks and finish lines on instant replay. Their achievements are never just luck. What you see is never an isolated feat. From the instant their eyes open to the second they close, and often in the hours of sleep in between, athletes refine their game. The food they eat, the clothes they wear, the music they listen to, the dreams of winning and nightmares of losing are as crucial as reps in the gym, hours of practice and coaches’ advice. These decisions don’t get airtime, but they reveal just as much of what it takes to be the best. For true athletes, there is no time off: they don’t want it. There is no sometime or game-time, only lifetime. Athletes are born and athletes are forever, but true champions are made. And the lives of champions never stop. They are always competing, always intense, always authentic – on and off the pitch. They are always on.
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