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Crashing out after attempting the 360 backflip in her first run, Charlotte Worthington came back to take gold. Nailing the trick on her second attempt, she landed it, making her the first woman to ever do so in a BMX freestyle competition. It was a close battle for gold, with Charlotte narrowly beating Hannah Roberts from the USA.
Charlotte has gone from working in a restaurant to Olympic glory. Using all her free time and holidays to attend contests and train. When BMX was adopted by the Olympics, Charlotte got support from British Cycling and from then on her attitude to training and riding changed. After only discovering the sport in her teens, the past few years have seen Charlotte get some incredible results. In 2019, she took gold at the UEC BMX Freestyle Park Europen Championships in Switzerland. Following this with a bronze at UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Championships in China. In 2021, she once again took bronze at the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Championships in France.
Now, she is an Olympic champion who has made history by pushing the limits and becoming the first woman to land the 360 backflip.
Watch the dramatic closing stages of the BMX freestyle final as Britain’s Charlotte Worthington narrowly beats USA’s Hannah Roberts to gold at Tokyo 2020.BBC Sport
Scoring 97.50 after her second run, she decided to take the risk to attempt it again, and the risk paid off. Here’s her reaction to winning.
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