Pressure off X Games gold hunt
BMX: With a stellar year now behind him, Sunshine Coast’s Ryan Williams believes the pressure is off in his pursuit for more X Games gold.
The 25-year-old, who’s primed to wow fans at Nitro Circus on the Sunshine Coast later this month, launched himself to three straight X Games gold medals in the BMX Big Air last year.
It was a remarkable effort for Williams, who achieved the feat in the Sydney, Shanghai and Minneapolis X Games events.
He has no intentions of slowing down either, eyeing off more gold in the year ahead.
“I want to push the limits and get four in a row,” he said.
“No one had ever won three in a row so that was my goal and now I guess I’m just building on that dream.”
With his efforts last year snapping a ‘Big Air Curse’, Williams said he was relishing a more relaxed approach to his hunt for BMX Big Air success this year.
“I definitely felt pressure the last X Games because I knew that if I could do it (win gold) I’d be doing something that hasn’t been done before,” he said.
“About five people had won it two times in a row but no one won it three, so there was kind of like a curse.
“I felt a lot of pressure in the last one but now it’s kind of like whatever, I can go out there and do what I want to do and hopefully it’s enough.
“And, even if it isn’t, I don’t feel that much pressure, I just want to go out there and get what I want to do done.”
Along with constructing his own one-of-a-kind practice arena at home, Williams has also employed the help of the Sports Hub in Bokarina to lift his standards this year.
He was announced as an ambassador for the fitness and sports science facility on Tuesday.
“I’ve never really done anything for my riding — I kind of just use the skatepark as my gym and I don’t know how long that’s going to last,” he said. “I just want to try and be the best athlete that I can be and work on that longevity as well.
“I want to double down on working on my athleticism and see if it helps, I’ve never done it before so maybe I’ll be even better when I actually do work on it.”