BMX Athlete Nic Long Gets An Olympic Sendoff Aboard The USS Midway
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Aired 7/26/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Nic Long is a member of the 2012 USA BMX Olympic team, he grew up in Lakeside.
Scott McGaugh, author of "Midway Magic" and "Midway Memories," and marketing director for the USS Midway Museum.
The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is on Friday, and the USS Midway Museum has plans to celebrate.
It will host a free viewing party on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Scott McGaugh, the marketing director for the Midway, told KPBS they are holding the event because of San Diego's large presence in this year's games. A recent U-T San Diego story said the U.S. Olympic Team includes "80 athletes who either grew up here or currently live and train here."
“This is something for the entire community of San Diego to celebrate and honor San Diegans who are representing our country in the Olympics,” McGaugh told KPBS.
Some Olympic team members, like the BMX team, haven’t left for London yet, so they will be at the Midway ceremony.
Nic Long, a member of the BMX team who grew up in Lakeside, told KPBS Midday his team is staying in San Diego for as long as possible to make use of the BMX track at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center.
“To get the most efficient type of training we need to get done for racing, we have the rest of the track here, and it's the most ideal place to touch up our skills and finish up training before the actual event," Long said. "We can't ride the Olympic track until our scheduled practices, which is like two days before our event. So we'd just be there doing nothing, doing gym work. So it's more ideal to skip out on the opening ceremonies and finish up training here and be in the best shape possible. “
In addition to BMX racers, the ceremony will also feature an authentic Olympic torch and British food.
“Bangers and mash is probably going to make its first ever appearance on the deck of the Midway,” McGaugh said.
Claire Trageser contributed to this report.
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