Team USA

BMX Freestyle

About BMX Freestyle

New to the 2020-2024 Tokyo quad is BMX Freestyle. In 2016, the UCI partnered with Hurricane, an events company based in Montpellier, France, to produce the FISE World Cup Series which held its first international events beginning in 2017. In 2018, USA Cycling created its first ever BMX Freestyle National Team and began the qualification process for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. In 2020, USA Cycling completed construction of the first-of-its-kind BMX Freestyle National Training Facility at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Combined with the services offered by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, we have created a world-class training and competition facility for the BMX Freestyle team.

Join The Team

USA Cycling’s Freestyle Development Program will be designed to identify, recruit, and guide the next generation of young, talented, amateur Freestyle athletes. Under the supervision of the head BMX Freestyle coach and the BMX High Performance Director, the goal of this program will be to prepare athletes to compete on the World Cup style courses and also learn additional training methods necessary to reach peak performance.


What is the National Team Designation?

USA Cycling is responsible for supporting and guiding athletes capable of winning Olympic medals, while also identifying, recruiting and developing future Games athletes. Our vision is to be amongst the very best in the world at talent identification, athlete development, management and preparation in all cycling disciplines. The National Team Designation is considered a critical means for achieving this vision. The support provided through the program seeks to offset some of the expenses associated with preparing for and participating in international sport. The program aims to support and assist athletes with the greatest potential to win medals at the Olympic Games and World Championships.


MEET THE TEAM

FREESTYLE PAN AMS

Olympic Qualifier Series

May 16-19, 2024: Shanghai, China
June 20-23, 2024: Budapest, Hungary

SELECTION CRITERIA

DISCRETIONARY PETITION

FREESTYLE WORLD

Urban World Championships

December 17-21, 2024

Abu Dhabi, UAE

For the most up-to-date information, please visit: UCI Urban World Championships

SELECTION CRITERIA

DISCRETIONARY PETITION

FREESTYLE WORLD CUPS

BMX Freestyle World Cups

2024 Schedule

February 22-25: Enoshima, Japan

May 8-12: Montpellier, France

SELECTION GUIDELINES

DISCRETIONARY PETITION

Selection Process & Selection Committee

USA Cycling is responsible for selecting the athletes who represent the United States in Protected Competitions. For more information on the athlete selection process, click here.

About BMX Freestyle

New to the 2020-2024 Tokyo quad is BMX Freestyle. In 2016, the UCI partnered with Hurricane, an events company based in Montpellier, France, to produce the FISE World Cup Series which held its first international events beginning in 2017. In 2018, USA Cycling created its first ever BMX Freestyle National Team and began the qualification process for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. In 2020, USA Cycling completed construction of the first-of-its-kind BMX Freestyle National Training Facility at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Combined with the services offered by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, we have created a world-class training and competition facility for the BMX Freestyle team.

Join The Team

USA Cycling’s Freestyle Development Program will be designed to identify, recruit, and guide the next generation of young, talented, amateur Freestyle athletes. Under the supervision of the head BMX Freestyle coach and the BMX High Performance Director, the goal of this program will be to prepare athletes to compete on the World Cup style courses and also learn additional training methods necessary to reach peak performance.


What is the National Team Designation?

USA Cycling is responsible for supporting and guiding athletes capable of winning Olympic medals, while also identifying, recruiting and developing future Games athletes. Our vision is to be amongst the very best in the world at talent identification, athlete development, management and preparation in all cycling disciplines. The National Team Designation is considered a critical means for achieving this vision. The support provided through the program seeks to offset some of the expenses associated with preparing for and participating in international sport. The program aims to support and assist athletes with the greatest potential to win medals at the Olympic Games and World Championships.


MEET THE TEAM

FREESTYLE PAN AMS

Olympic Qualifier Series

May 16-19, 2024: Shanghai, China
June 20-23, 2024: Budapest, Hungary

SELECTION CRITERIA

DISCRETIONARY PETITION

FREESTYLE WORLD

Urban World Championships

December 17-21, 2024

Abu Dhabi, UAE

For the most up-to-date information, please visit: UCI Urban World Championships

SELECTION CRITERIA

DISCRETIONARY PETITION

FREESTYLE WORLD CUPS

BMX Freestyle World Cups

2024 Schedule

February 22-25: Enoshima, Japan

May 8-12: Montpellier, France

SELECTION GUIDELINES

DISCRETIONARY PETITION

Selection Process & Selection Committee

USA Cycling is responsible for selecting the athletes who represent the United States in Protected Competitions. For more information on the athlete selection process, click here.

BMX FREESTYLE

MEET THE STAFF
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Ryan
Nyquist

BMX Freestyle National Team Coach
Background

Ryan Nyquist is an American professional BMX rider with 16 X-Games medals, 39 X-Games competition starts and 60 Dew Tour finals appearances (most all-time). Ryan is considered one of the greatest and diversely skilled BMX riders ever. Now, Ryan has taken on a new challenge and joined the USA Cycling BMX Freestyle team as a coach where he is leading a team to the Olympic Games.

CONTACT
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Jamie
Staff

High Performance Director, BMX Racing & Freestyle
Background

Jamie Staff leads USA Cycling’s BMX Racing and Freestyle programs. Born in Ashford, Kent, England, Jamie raced BMX for 20 years winning the World Championships in 1996. In 2001, he turned to Track racing in the pursuit of the Olympic Games. His transition appeared to be seamless qualifying for Team Great Britain's sprint program in his first attempt. At the Commonwealth Games, he rode to silver in the Team Sprint, broke the National 200m Record, and rode to bronze in the Kilometer. Less than a year into track racing, he helped Team GB win gold in the Team Sprint at the 2002 UCI Track World Championships. In 2004, he became the Keirin World Champion and punched his ticket to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. It wasn't until the next Olympics that Staff would walk away with a medal. Not only did he win several medals in the World Championship and Commonwealth Games in the next four years, but he would win gold in the Team Sprint trio and break the World Record at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

After 7 years on the track, he turned to coaching. At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, under Staff's direction, USA Cycling’s BMX program won its first gold medal, a silver medal, and recorded two fourth place finishes. With the introduction of BMX Freestyle to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic schedule, Staff took over that program. BMX Freestyle won its first medal in the sports debut with silver.

CONTACT
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Jim
Miller

Chief of Sport Performance
Background

A successful professional cyclist in his own right, Jim coached several cyclists on the side and eventually retired from racing in 1999 to focus solely on his flourishing coaching career. After developing several notable cyclists, he originally came to USA Cycling to run the women’s road program in 2002. After earning Coach of the Year distinctions from the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee in 2003 & 2004, Jim was promoted to director of endurance programs, overseeing the development of American junior, U23, and women endurance athletes in road and track cycling. After making significant strides toward the USA Cycling National Development Program’s goal of developing the next generation of American cyclists, he was named Vice President of Athletics in 2010. In 2017 Jim left USA Cycling to become the Vice President of Business Development for Training Peaks. Unable to resist the Olympic call, he returned to USA Cycling in 2020 as the Chief of Sport Performance.

In his spare time, Jim also provides day-to-day training programs for athletes such as 2018 Mountain Bike XCO World Champion Kate Courtney and international stars like Chloé Dygert and Christopher Blevins. He has earned the International Olympic Committee’s highest honor for coaches, the Order of Ikkos, three times, all for coaching 3-time Olympic Champion Kristen Armstrong to victory.

A native of Casper, Wyo., Jim also earned a Bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Colorado State University. Miller resides in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his wife and two children.

CONTACT

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