27 Aug 2008

BMX not a kids' sport, says Kamakazi

9:13 am on 27 August 2008

The competitor who'd have been a good chance of a gold medal for the strangest name at the Olympics says BMX is not a kids' sport and deserves its place at the Games.

The Australian now known as Kamakazi, formerly Jamie Hildebrandt, drew plenty of attention in Beijing for his name, aggressive riding style and questionable pre-race tactics.

The 27-year-old was one of five Australians competing in Beijing, the first time BMX has been held at the Olympics.

The introduction of BMX has drawn a mixed response, with many enthused by its excitement but still cynical about its standing among other cycling disciplines.

But Kamakazi, who was unable to progress past the semi finals says it's not a little kids' sport and it's great to have it legitimised.