Former Teaching Assistant Bethany Shriever Wins BMX Olympic Gold

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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 30: Bethany Shriever of Team Great Britain celebrates winning Gold with Kye Whyte of Team Great Britain Silver medalist in the Mens Final during the Men's Cycling BMX Racing Semifinal on Day 7 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on July 30, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Pete Dovgan/Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 30: Bethany Shriever of Team Great Britain celebrates winning Gold with Kye Whyte of Team Great Britain Silver medalist in the Mens Final during the Men's Cycling BMX Racing Semifinal on Day 7 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on July 30, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Pete Dovgan/Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Another gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is in the bag for team GB, thanks to Bethany Shriever, who won the BMX Olympic gold. The win means she becomes the first British medalist - along with Kye Whyte, who won silver in the men's race - in the sport since it was introduced to the games in 2008.

But as Shriever said in her own words, "to even be here is an achievement in itself", because the road to Tokyo wasn't an easy one. Her win comes two years after she launched crowdfunding after not receiving funding from UK Sport. With a £50,000 goal to crowdfund, Shriever also worked part-time as a teaching assistant to cover training costs. "To win a medal, let alone a gold medal, I'm over the moon," she said following her win.

"It's a bit surreal, it's a bit mad - I haven't even spoken to my family yet. I can't wait to speak to all them and see how they're feeling. I saw them at the end there, getting all emotional, and it's just amazing - I can't believe it," she added.

Congrats to Shriever!

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