Drama, dislocated shoulders, deep turns … and that's just Day 1

Updated: August 20, 2008, 1:23 PM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN The Magazine

BEIJING -- Two months ago, Mike Day made the biggest decision of his six-year BMX racing career. He skipped the world championships in China and remained at the Olympic training center in Chula Vista, Calif., to train on the course known as "The Duplicate," an exact replica of the Olympic BMX course in Beijing.

U.S. trials were coming up in June, and the 22-year-old Day believed a win there was his only shot at making the team. Kyle Bennett, the third-ranked rider in the world, had ...

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