Mon, September 23, 2013

Banged-up Canadian BMXer going to Olympics

By QMI Agency


BMX rider Tory Nyhaug. (ANNIE T. ROUSSEL/QMI Agency)

Canadian BMX rider Tory Nyhaug has recovered from a ruptured spleen and is ready to challenge for a medal at the 2012 Olympics.

The 20-year-old from Coquitlam, B.C., was named to the Canadian Olympic team Wednesday despite suffering serious injuries less than two months ago.

"Tory is a resilient, determined and brave athlete," national team coach Adam Muys said. "He has been through some difficult and challenging situations in the last 12 months, and handled each challenge like a pro, with a clear vision to win."

Nyhaug, fifth in the world rankings, was injured during a UCI Supercross event in Papendal, Netherlands, in mid-May and spent three weeks in a hospital, including 10 days in the intensive care unit. It was the second time in two years that he ruptured his spleen -- he also broke his wrist in the crash --so it was removed during surgery in Vancouver.

"I could not have gone through an injury like this without my family, friends, girlfriend, and support team," Nyhaug said. "This has been the hardest and most painful month of my life and I can only see a brighter future ahead. I am very motivated to get back to racing. BMX is a dangerous sport and we all know the risks going in, I know after going through something like this I can face serious challenges head on.

"I love BMX racing and I can't wait to represent Canada both in London and for years to come."

Nyhaug is the last cyclist named to Canada's 16-rider team going to London. His event starts Aug. 8, with the final scheduled for two days later.

In other Olympic news, the Canadian team will name its flag-bearer for the London Games Thursday on the front lawn of Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Triathlete Simon Whitfield, cyclist Catharine Pendrel and show jumper Ian Millar are among the favourites to be honoured.