BMX riders compete on short tracks that include jumps, bumps and tight, banked corners. The events begin with solo timed runs to determine seedings and groupings for the elimination rounds in which eight riders compete side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder to the finish. In the quarterfinals and semifinals, each grouping races three times and riders are awarded points according to their placements. The top four riders from each group, based on cumulative scores, advance to the next round. The final is a one-run, winner-take-all race.
Canada’s Olympic History (Pre-Rio 2016)
Three athletes have competed for Canada in BMX since the sport made its Olympic debut. The best result came at Beijing 2008 when Sam Cools made it to the final of the women’s event.