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Two-Time Olympian Alise Willoughby Closes BMX Season With Back-To-Back Medals

By Paul D. Bowker | Sept. 30, 2018, 4:44 p.m. (ET)

(L) Alisa Willoughby competes in BMX.


Alise Willoughby, a two-time Olympian, ended the 2018 BMX World Cup season with a pair of medals.

She placed second in the elite women’s race at the final UCI Supercross World Cup event of the season in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. She also finished second in Saturday’s Round 7 race.

Sunday’s race was a photo finish among Austria’s Saya Sakakibara, Laura Smulders of Netherlands, and Willoughby. Sakakibara and Willoughby edged out World Cup points champion Smulders for the win. Willoughby, making a charge for the front late in the race, was just behind Sakakibara.

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Willoughby, the 2017 world champion, finished sixth in the World Cup points standings. She was the highest-ranked American.

Felicia Stancil of the U.S. made the women’s finals for the second straight day and finished fifth.

Connor Fields, a two-time Olympian who won a gold medal in the Olympic Games Rio 2016, finished seventh in the men’s final. Joris Daudet of France won the men’s race.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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