Local BMX racer brings home a medal

September 30, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
BMX made its Olympic debut this summer in Beijing, and local racer Donny Robinson came home with a bronze medal! Robinson talks to us about his Olympic experience.

About Donny Robinson:
Donald Robinson, better known as Donny Robinson is a professional "New/Current School" Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer. He was born on June 17, 1983 in Napa, California. He graduated from Napa High in 2001, and shot into fame when he went on to become a biker from a college student. Donny Robinson is also nicknamed as "dR". The reason for the use of the lower case "d" may be his comparatively small physical size.

Donny Robinson started his career when he was just six years, by competing in BMX events. As he grew up, his mother coached him in gymnastics, which helped him a lot in his BMX career. He credits gymnastics for building his legs and upper-body strength, as well as teaching him how to crash. He turned professional in 2002 after winning many junior titles including the 2001 Junior World Championship. His driving skills and determination made him a successful BMX Donny Robinson.

In 2006 Donny Robinson was riding high on success when he won numerous events consecutively. This included the Boulder Dam National, Golden State National, and Stars 'n Stripes National. He also claimed the National Bicycle League Pro Title that year. Further, he won the 2006 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Fréjus and finished second in the 2006 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) BMX Supercross World Cup held in San Jose. Donny Robinson also became the "Summer Festival" Champion at the 2006 International BMX Championships held in Bogotá, Colombia. He became the first BMX athlete ever to win a UCI junior men's World Championship in the cruiser class (26-inch wheels) and the standard (20-inch) class in the same year. He rounded it off by bagging the Overall UCI BMX Supercross Series Championship in 2006 and went on to be named the Golden Crank "Pro of the Year".

Donny Robinson continued his winning spree in the next year, winning the Elite Men's title on June 9, 2007 in Waterford Oaks, Michigan. He also finished first in the 2007 Freedom National event. Donny Robinson went on to win the 2007 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Beijing, and in June 2007, captured the title at the inaugural United States of America (USA) Cycling BMX National Championship.

On June 14, 2008 Donny Robinson finished second at the Olympic Trials at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California and joined three others on the USA BMX Olympic Team to represent USA in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He went on to bag a bronze medal for USA in BMX cycling, the event which gained recognition as an Olympic game for the first time.

Donny Robinson has climbed the ladder of success rapidly, and as of 2008, he is ranked as No.1 in the world of BMX racing. This off-road rider aspires to match the mainstream success of fellow athlete and snowboarder Shaun White. He also dreams to make it to the Broadway.

Donny Robinson enjoys travelling with his bike and listens to country music. He regards the Bible as his favorite book and prefers American-Chinese food.

About BMX:
BMX (Bicycle Motorcross Racing) is a family sport. 48% of riders are between 12-20 years old with the majority of all riders aged 13-15 years old. 90% of riders have two family members, typically moms & dads between the ages of 29-40, attend events with them. Given the number of tracks nationwide, BMX is a very accessible, well-organized "action sport" for both boys and girls, even adults. With BMX making its Olympic debut this year, the sport's visibility and popularity will continue to increase and athletes like Donny, who has become "the face of BMX," have a genuine interest in growing the sport and helping kids get involved by signing up with the ABA, participating in camps, competitions, etc.


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