Meet Our Newest Athlete: BMX Gold Medalist Connor Fields
Photo: Craig Dutton
We’re stoked to announce that BMX Olympic Gold Medalist Connor Fields has joined our Swiftwick team. Connor joins our roster of elite athletes who chase adventure to the max every day.
Better yet, this guy’s the real deal. He’s been competing on a bike since he was 7 years old, but he also has a passion for kids as an avid supporter of Make-a-Wish Foundation and JoyProm, which organizes proms for kids with special needs.
Connor knows the importance of technical socks when he’s on the bike, and we’re proud that he chooses Swiftwick performance socks to help boost his rides. We wanted to get to know him a little better on and off the bike, so we asked him everything from what inspires him to his favorite Swiftwick sock to the music that gets him pumped. Here’s what he had to say:
What has been your best BMX experience yet?
It is definitely hard to top the Olympics. Representing your country on the highest level is an unbelievable feeling.
What inspires you to keep chasing adventure and going for the gold?
Passion. I still have the same passion that I had for BMX racing when I was a kid, even after nearly 20 years of riding. I still get excited to ride, race and compete!
What three tips do you have for newbies to BMX racing?
Take it at your own pace, enjoy the process, and don't be afraid to ask questions… BMX is hard!
What's your favorite pair of Swiftwicks?
I like to ride in the Flite XT. They cover my ankles and give me good grip in the shoe. When I'm racing I usually keep it simple with an all black sock, but on other days I like to spice it up a little bit with some color!
Where's the one place you would ride if you could go anywhere?
I have seen some awesome looking BMX tracks in Norway. I'd love to go there.
What’s been your funniest/weirdest/scariest moment racing or riding?
Scariest moments are always when you crash. But that is part of BMX and most sports. The risk is what gets the adrenaline flowing!
What music pumps you up the most during workouts?
I like to listen to hip hop or some rock. Lately I have been listening to a lot of Rage Against the Machine.
If you were an animal, what would you be?
I would be my dog. She is so spoiled!
What cross-training activities do you do to stay in shape for BMX racing?
I lift weights and do plyometrics in the gym, as well as some cross-training on the road bike. The bulk of my training is specific and on the BMX bike.
As a Coach, what is one piece of advice you'd give to any kid aspiring to be an Olympic athlete?
I would say that it is great that you have goals and dreams. Those are definitely important to have, but you should always just focus on winning the next race. What can I do today to get better? If you do that long enough and stick to it… eventually you will be talking about the Olympics!
You've already won an Olympic Gold Medal. What else do you want to achieve in your BMX racing career?
I have won every title possible except one… the UCI world championship. That's my main goal between now and the next Olympics.
Do you have a race prep routine/superstitions? What do you eat/avoid eating?
I don't have any superstitions, but I do have a mental routine that I use before a race to get me into the zone. I do it the exact same way every time no matter what race it is. I try to eat clean and healthy, and avoid sugars and processed foods.
Who are your idols? Can be living or dead.
My dad for sure. And as an athlete I admire so many people in so many different sports for so many different reasons! It's hard to pick just one!
If you weren’t a pro-BMX rider, what would your career be?
I have no idea! I'll let you know when I retire from racing.
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- Rebecca Henson