Quotes by: Caroline Buchanan
24 October 1990 |
||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
||68 kg (150 lb)
|Achievements and titles
||5 x BMX and Mountain Bike World Champion
||London 2012 Olympic Finalist
I really want to win a medal and would want to win gold. It's my fire and fuel, life and dream, everything.
I am just this small-town Canberra girl that's taken riding a little kid's bike on dirt tracks to the highest level.
It's an honour to be a world champion, and it can never be taken away from you.
When I compete, I love a huge crowd, expectation, pressure, and I like to have nerves: the butterflies flying and my hands shaking. This way, I am completely amped, focused, and ready; otherwise, I tend to be to relaxed, content, and don't perform at my maximal potential.
There were times when I was down and frustrated being in a male-dominated sport: you don't get the support. It affected me. Layne Beachley helped me beat that. That was the difference for me and helped get me through.
I've always been a bit of a daredevil, even as a little girl with a pretty high pain tolerance and things like that.
There's so many levels. You can rise on the day to win a national event or a world title but the level you need to rise to win an Olympics Games is another one altogether.
The mistakes you make and lessons you learn at a young age are what gets you to an Olympic level.
A female professional athlete has to have the whole package, as opposed to a guy who can just be good at sport. You have to have a job or go to uni or do three sports instead of one, you have to be a standout.
I quickly realised that there is no 'I' in team. So I am so fortunate to have a supportive family that has been there for me since day one.
The majority of the time, I'm just in my team training clothes or work-out gear, but whenever I'm killing time, I always like to watch 'Project Runway' or 'America's Next Top Model.'
At the end of the day, I'm riding a little kid's bike around a track; that's what I've done for as long as I can remember. Now it's just on a bigger stage at the Olympics.
Mum and dad would drive me to the ACT Academy of Sport gym at 5 A.M., sit in the car and read a book, and then drive me to school. I appreciated it when I was younger, but I didn't really understand how much they were putting into it. Now I look at budgets of $70,000 to compete, and I think, 'Wow, they've put so much into this.'
I like pressure. Diamonds are made under pressure, and I definitely enjoy it.
I've got to know my strength and weaknesses and the same for my competitors.
One medal. One shot. One lap. Eight riders. No lanes. No right of way. Just go.
You have got to act on instinct; you've got to ride from your heart and let that performer come out. You can't over-think it too much because if you're thinking, the race is already over.
BMX is never over until the finish line, and I am always trying to challenge myself for that world stage.
If I had to work a 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. job in the public service, I'd freak out.
You never hold back. If I turn up to the track and feel cautious or not committed, I turn around and go home. If you don't have that full commitment when you're pedaling into a 40-foot jump, there's not much room for error, and you'll come off worse.
I just want kids to have a chance to go and try an Olympic sport. Every kid has a bike - that's how I started, and one kid coming along and giving it a go could make that journey to the Olympics.