The World needs to know about Olympia Park. The beautiful outdoor haven, on the outskirts of Germany's third largest city, Munich, is nothing short of perfect. During my walk back to the hotel I saw more outdoor activities happening than I ever have. From biking, to volleyball, to rollerblading, it was all sorts of locomotion en mass. But the real story of the day was the qualification runs for the Diamond FMB stop, the Swatch Prime Line. The weather was on point, the riders were looking comfortable, and the crowd was of a respectable size considering the big show is tomorrow at 5pm.
Once the riders started to officially drop in, we started to see who had been holding their cards close in practice, and who had been practicing their final run all morning. While it is always good to know who qualified, the more interesting point of contention was who didn't make the cut. The crowd was treated to stylish and exciting riding from Carson Storch, Sam Reynolds, and Anthony Messere, but all three failed to make it onto the final tomorrow. That's just how it goes sometimes, but it's too bad we won't be able to see what these three, and several others, had in the bag for the money-makin' runs.
Those who did qualify will absolutely still thrown down some serious moves once the cameras are rolling. Rheeder is sitting in the top spot, which is no surprise really, as he is so dialed, you tend to forget he is linking tricks back-to-back that just a few years ago would have been run-winning bangers. Just behind in second is the wild American, Nicholi Rogatkin. I'm a fan, we're all fans, and he is someone I always look forward to seeing ride. In third, Thomas Genon is looking calm and collected, certainly holding back a little for finals. Fourth goes to Logan Peat - he is a seriously capable rider, and it's just a matter of time before he is standing at the very top. Rounding out the top five is Paul Genovese, the style Canadian who is always a podium threat.
I would also just like to point out that Ryan Nyquist is now competing on bigger wheels, and to me, that's awesome. The guy is a legend, still puts down winning runs in BMX, and is now crossing over to have a go in at the 26-inch world. Worth mentioning, though it's fair to assume, he is killing it out there, and if he sticks a clean run, he could really ruffle some feathers.
Stay tuned to see how it all shakes out on Saturday!
But before we go to today's action, let's do a very quick track walk with Sam Pilgrim...
Thursday was the very first day of the event. All formality could be done and the riders could do their first runs on the course. Check out a few bangers from that evening!Friday PracticeQualifying Round