The 24-year-old won all three of his motos heading into the Main Event. The eight man field was then cut down to six men Justin Posey, David Herman, Jeffrey Upshaw, Tanner Sebesta and Barry Nobles. Sharrah would defeat the five other finalists to become the third American (Alise Post and Nic Long) rider to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He topped the final field with a fast time of 37.38 seconds. This is how the competition rounded out: Barry Nobles 2nd, David Herman 3rd, Jeffery Upshaw 4th, Tanner Sebesta 5th and Justin Posey 6th.
The overall story of the day was Sharrah as he missed his sister’s wedding to compete at the trials. He told the media that this was his sister’s big day. He wanted his parents to stay home and participate in his sister’s wedding. However, Sharrah, who was named the favorite by the track announcers early on, would have a big cheering section to help push him onto victory.
“My fiancé is here along with a few of my close friends to watch the race and keep me grounded. When they came on Thursday I was getting anxious not really having anything to do out here at the CVOTC. They helped to show me that BMX is just a race and we are all here to just have fun. They all helped keep me grounded leading up to the big race.”
Sharrah now joins Nick Long and Alise Post on the 2016 US Olympic BMX team that is heading to the Rio Olympics. Sharrah is the rookie so far on the American team since this will be his first olympics. There are two more spots open on the USA Olympic BMX team. Both spots (one female and one male) will be filled by the coaching staff later this month.
Teammates Nick Long and Alise Post were both on hand to witness the trials. Both Olympians were asked What do you think about the trial race format?
Local rider Nick Long (Lakeside):
“My whole goal was to not race in trials races. They are absolutely the worst race to race. For me its not worth it to be in 2nd place and to have to take out your best friend. I rather just be in 2nd and know that I did not make the event. To me a friendship is more important than a ticket to Rio.”
Alise Post (Minnesota):
“It is defiantly a lot more relieving to know that you have already made the Olympic Team. Watching this trials race I felt so nervous for these guys. I know the heat that is on them on this day. It’s really exciting for the fans to watch and I am happy that I did not have to do it. The automatic nomination is something that is really special. It more than anything has allowed me to focus on the main goal of getting on the top steps of the podium at the Rio Olympics.”
Last but not least. A huge shoutout to San Diego Sports Domination Fan Matthew C. Mathew is a huge big BMX fan from San Marcos who was unable to make yesterday’s event. Also a huge thank you to our very own two-time Olympian Von Ware for the amazing photos.
Corben Sharrah Action Photo Gallery
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