Great Britain Athlete Reaches Tokyo Olympics 2020 on Crowd Funding After Being the Least Funded Sport by British Government

Published 07/30/2021, 2:55 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – BMX Racing – Women’s Individual – Final – AUP – Ariake Urban Sports Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Women’s Individual gold medallist Bethany Shriever of Britain celebrates alongside Men’s Individual silver medallist Kye Whyte of Britain. REUTERS/Matthew Childs


Tokyo Olympics 2020 has a plethora of inspiring stories from athletes overcoming diseases to 13-year-olds clinching medals. Great Britain’s Beth Shriever also has one as she won the Olympic gold medal in BMX racing. Notably, she did it with the least funding from the government.

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BMX racing was the least funded sport by the UK government, but two British athletes have won. Two years ago, Beth launched a €50,000 crowdfund to make a path for her journey to Tokyo Olympics.

 22-year-old trainee teaching assistant, now an Olympic gold medalist

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After the 2016 Rio Olympics, the UK government had cut down funding for women BMX racing. Albeit Essex athlete didn’t give up on her Olympic dream, paving her own path. Shriever crowd-funded, took up a part-time job as a teaching assistant, and covered all her training costs.

When the young athlete entered the game, she was the underdog. However, Bethany outnumbered the defending champion Mariana Pajon of Colombia, causing a huge upset to the favorite. 22-year-old has now become the first British athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in BMX racing.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – BMX Racing – Women’s Individual – Final – AUP – Ariake Urban Sports Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Bethany Shriever of Britain, Merel Smulders of the Netherlands and Mariana Pajon of Colombia in action. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

The gold medal winner was shocked after winning, as she was not expecting. It was not just her struggle but her family and friends too, who supported her through thick and thin.

The youngster has motivated many athletes to never give up on their dreams after rising to the top. Interestingly, she was not the only British athlete to win a medal in BMX racing today.

Kye Whyte grabs silver medal in BMX racing men’s event at Tokyo Olympics 2020

21-year-old Whyte comes from a bike-riding family background as his father co-founded a BMX club. The motive was even more inspiring as he wanted to promote the sport amongst youngsters, distracting them from taking up crime.

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Hence, it was a proud moment for his riding dynasty family. Kye also defeated a Colombian rider, Carlos Ramirez, to win the silver. While Netherlands Niek Kimmann clinched the gold medal.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – BMX Racing – Men’s Individual – Medal Ceremony – AUP – Ariake Urban Sports Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Silver medallist, Kye Whyte of Britain celebrates. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

British medalists go way back as they first met around the age of 12 at the youth talent games in Great Britain. They have seen each other’s journey and now bagged medals just seconds away from each other.

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As Shriever finished her match, she fell on the ground and Whyte picked her up in the sky. It was a spectacular day for BMX racing in the history of Great Britain, and will now have more attention from the government.

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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