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SAN DIEGO—Haro bikes today announced team rider Brooke Crain, 19, of Visalia, Calif., will represent the United States of America in 2012 Olympic BMX competition.

SAN DIEGO—Haro bikes today announced team rider Brooke Crain, 19, of Visalia, Calif., will represent the United States of America in 2012 Olympic BMX competition. The late announcement follows the tragic injury of Arielle Martin, who remains hospitalized after sustaining a lacerated liver and other injuries during training this past Monday. USA Cycling released an official press release on Aug. 1, stating that Martin had been withdrawn from Olympic competition, heralding Crain in as her alternate. “I’m devastated for my teammate, Arielle,” says Crain. “She deserves to be on the track in London more than anyone. But I will look forward to representing her and my country as I live out my Olympic dream.” The road to the Olympics was both physically and emotionally tumultuous for Crain from the start of the year. Competition was fierce in the opening months of racing and, as the season waned, very few points separated the top female contenders vying for Olympic Team berths. At the UCI BMX World Championships held late May 2012 in Birmingham, England, the relative standings of Cain, Martin and fellow U.S. racer Alise Post were, for all intents, negligible. All three ladies were within reach of the USA Cycling Power Rankings top spot and the corresponding first slot on the U.S. Olympic Women’s Team that went with that distinction. After dominating all of her opening rounds, Crain went down hard in the quarterfinals, bowing-out with a severe shoulder injury, sidelined to witness her Olympic dreams slip away. That day, Post also hit bad luck and the pavement in the women’s final, while Martin went on to get 4th place overall and the Olympic Team designation. With Martin earning the first Olympic Team spot, Post received the “Discretionary Pick” for her win at the 3rd round of UCI World Cup Series in Holland. Crain, coming in slightly behind, was left in the wings as alternate, where she would remain unless either Martin or Post were unable to compete.

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