Cycling BMX Racing at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Dates 20 – 22 August 2008
Medal Events 2

In 2008, another discipline, BMX Racing, was added to the Olympic Program with an event for men and women. This version of the sport was derived from motocross racing – BMX is short for bicycle motocross. These races are mass start sprint races on specially built off-road race tracks, with numerous short climbs and jumps added. Very popular among younger generations, it is also visually appealing on television and both reasons led the IOC and UCI to add it to the Olympic Program.

The men’s event in 2008 was won by Latvian Māris Štrombergs, who was the favorite. He would return in 2012 and defend his title in London. Anne-Caroline Chausson of France won the women’s BMX gold medal.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
BMX, Men Olympic 20 – 22 August 2008 32 20
BMX, Women Olympic 20 – 22 August 2008 16 13
48 (32/16) 21 (20/13)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
BMX, Men Māris ŠtrombergsLAT Mike DayUSA Donny RobinsonUSA
BMX, Women Anne-Caroline ChaussonFRA Laëtitia Le CorguilléFRA Jill KintnerUSA

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
France FRA 1 1 0 2
Latvia LAT 1 0 0 1
United States USA 0 1 2 3