She's fit, fearless, fun, and conquered all in BMX, apart from the elusive Olympic gold. When Caroline Buchanan botched her London Olympics campaign in 2012 she realised she needed to tap into different type of strength.
Buchanan finished first in the seeding run for the Olympic final in 2012 but, after a disastrous start, finished fifth behind Columbia's Mariana Pajon in the mad scramble for a medal.
“For me coming into London (2012 Olympics), everyone around me, all my support and mentors, they said to me, it’s hard to prepare for your first Olympic games, there’s gonna be a lot of unknowns, a lot of situations that you can’t prepare for,” BMX rider Caroline Buchanan said in her recently released video series.
Since 2008 BMX rider Caroline Buchanan has been one of Australia’s best. But the then 18-year-old was deemed ineligible for the 2008 Olympics because of her age.
So Buchanan decided to add mountain biking to her disciplines and made her mark by becoming national and four-time world champion inclusive of her disciplines. By London 2012 she had accomplished everything in the sport, almost.
In May 2012, she was ranked the number one women's BMX rider in the world. She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women’s BMX event and was hot favorite for the gold medal.
“I realise that on the start gate (at London 2012 Olympics) and David Beckham was looking back at me and the royal family in the crowd… that was so surreal, we don’t have that at any other world title event,” she said.
It was then when she found herself in the "room of reflection". The 24-year-old, three and a half years later, has gained the maturity and perspective she believes she lacked.
“Every box and goal that I wanted to tick off, I was doing it and it wasn’t until I got to that Olympic final, and I guess if I was a horse and had blinkers on,” Buchanan said.
“I really felt like it sort of opened up, and I was then, I felt this shift that I was really aware of, I ticked every box it was this last final thing that I need to do and it was that moment I really realised it was that last step and I think for me that was one thing that overwhelmed me and I think from there I really felt it started to unravel and at that high level you can’t have a little bit of doubt,” Buchanan said.
Caroline Buchanan is on track towards the Rio Brazil 2016 Olympic games. Her video series, the #SIX8series, takes you behind the scenes into the training life of a professional athlete, Caroline’s mindset, life balance off the bike and the journey towards her goal of Olympic gold.
In the series you hear from Australian BMX High Performance Unit coach, Wade Bootes, the team's plans for 2016 and just what goes into her schedule. From two-hour gym sessions, travel, to time training on track, working her skill acquisition coach to get that gate start right, video analysis, nutrition; and along with her social, active and fun downtime.
BMX racing is sensationally an unassuming sport a female could excel at, and she’s just as unassuming off the bike as she is on. The blue-eyed blonde is as down-to-earth as they come and makes dodging trees and speeding downhill slopes look as easy as ‘riding a bike’.
Follow her action across the globe racing the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series, BMX World Championships, and the #RoadtoRio….