Having competed since she was five after following her brother into the sport, Caroline Buchanan will return to Olympic competition at the Rio 2016 Games having made her debut in London four years ago.
Buchanan rose up the ranks and in 2008 was amongst Australia's top BMX riders however she was too young to be eligible for Olympic selection. She then expanded her skills into mountain biking with downhill and four cross (4X) and went on to win mountain bike World Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
The five times Australian BMX cyclist of the year won the time trial event at the 2012 World Championships and headed into the her first Olympic Games as one of the medal favourites. Having topped the timesheets in the seeding run, Buchanan won her semi-final and progressed to the eight-woman final. Buchanan went on to finish fifth as Colombia’s Mariana Pajon claimed gold.
Buchanan won the Time Trial World Championship in 2013 and then finished second in 2015. She started the Olympic year in spectacular fashion winning World cup events in Argentina and Manchester before finishing with silver at the Netherlands event.
Buchanan rounded out her strong lead in to Rio with a silver medal at the 2016 World Championships behind Pajon having taken out the time trial world title earlier in the event. She heads to Rio as the top ranked rider in the world.
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Cycling - BMX
Canberra, ACT, Australia
Canberra, ACT, Australia
- 2012 London - 5th
- 2nd - 2016 World Championships (Medellin, Colombia)
- 2nd - 2016 World Cup 3 (Papendal, Netherlands)
- 1st - 2016 World Cup 2 (Manchester, UK)
- 1st - 2016 World Cup 1 (Santiago del Estero, Argentina)
- 2 x BMX World Champion (2012 & 2013) 3 x Mountain Bike 4cross World Championship (2009, 2010) 5th London Olympic Games
- 2012 & 2014 BMX Supercross World Cup Series Winner and 16 x Australian National Champion
- Australian Athlete of the year 2013 and Australian Cyclist of the year 2013.
- St John Vianney Weston Creek (ACT, Australia)
- Merici College Braddon, Erindale College (ACT, Australia)
Wade Bootes (2007 - current)
Australian Institute of Sport
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- to not be superstitious
- Favourite food
- Pad Thai
- Favourite holiday destination
- Whistler Canada...in summer....it has a great vibe to the town, very laid back and endless amounts of riding.
- Favourite music
- Aussie Hip Hop
- Dream car
- Motor bike - Harley Davdison Forty8
- Personal Motto
- "BE YOU: Be yourself because everyone else is taken"
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- A musical instument..learn to play it, so then I could pay my parents back for their amazing support over the years.
- Ears pierced Olympic Ring
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Luge, skeleton, snowboard half pipe or boarder cross – I’m an adrenalin junkie!
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Torah Bright's winning half pipe gold in 2010
- First Olympic Memory?
- Watching Nadia Comenici the Olympic gymnast documentary on repeat at about age 5.
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Barry Nobles, my parents, Layne Beachley, Robert De Castella, Tim Chadd
- Why this sport?
- Because I just love going fast and feeling like I can fly