By Paul D. Bowker | July 28, 2017, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
(L-R) Connor Fields and Nicholas Long compete in the men's BMX final at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 at the Olympic BMX Centre on Aug. 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


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Olympic champion Connor Fields, who won Team USA‘s first gold medal in BMX racing at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, will go after his first world championship title this week.

The UCI BMX World Championships are being held through Saturday in Rock Hill, South Carolina. It is the event’s first stop in the United States since 2001.

Among those joining Fields, a two-time Olympian, in the competition are 2016 Olympic teammates Nic Long, Corben Sharrah and women’s championship contender Alise Post, who won silver in Rio.

The elite men and elite women competition is Saturday.

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 Post, a two-time Olympian, will be joined in the women’s competition by Dani George, Shealen Reno, Mika Shaw and 2015 Pan Am Games champion Felicia Stancil. Brooke Crain, a 2016 Olympian, is not competing due to injury.

The U.S. men’s team also includes Sean Gaian, Jared Garcia, Zach Van Kammen, Justin Posey, Jeremy Smith and Jeffrey Upshaw.

The five-day competition began Tuesday with 19 American medals won in the cruiser class divisions.

TV: 11 p.m. ET Saturday, Olympic Channel

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.