Teen Sensation Hannah Roberts Wins Hiroshima World Cup 2 Years Ahead Of BMX Freestyle’s Olympic Debut

By Karen Price | April 08, 2018, 4:38 p.m. (ET)
Hannah Roberts competes in women's BMX freestyle park qualification at the 2018 UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup on April 7, 2018 in Hiroshima, Japan.

 

Hannah Roberts has her sights set on the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and while that may still be more than two years away, the 16-year-old BMX freestyle park sensation continues to position herself as a serious contender to make history there.

On Sunday, Roberts claimed the top spot at the UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup in Hiroshima, Japan, scoring 84.70 points to top 28-year-old teammate Angie Marino, who earned silver with 81.60 points.

Roberts, who also qualified in the top spot, said in a video posted to Twitter that the course had lots of steep transitions and was unlike anything she had ridden before. She proved unbeatable in starting off 2018 the way she left 2017.

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Roberts began last year by winning the first freestyle world cup event in France and ended it crowned as the first freestyle park world champion. She was also officially named to the U.S. national team last year.

Also for the U.S., Nina Buitrago, 36, finished in fourth place on the women’s side, while Jeremy Malott was fourth and Nick Bruce fifth for the men. Australia’s Brandon Loupos won the men’s title. This weekend’s race was the first of five on the UCI world cup circuit this year.

BMX freestyle park will make its Olympic debut in 2020, with nine men and nine women competing.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.