Team Australia BMX racer Caroline Buchanan
Olympic paint job
In preparation for the Olympic Games in London, Team Australia BMX rider Caroline Buchanan had her nails painted to reflect her country and the Olympics.
"To come into London being ranked No. 1 in the world in Time Trials and leading the World Cup season, I'm definitely right where I want to be right now," said Buchanan.
"For Beijing, I was too young; I was 17 at the time and you had to be 19. Ever since then, it's made me really hungry to try and qualify for the London Olympics," said Buchanan.
Women in BMX
"BMX isn't the typical sport a girl would get into, but I started at the age of 5 -- followed my brother into the sport and never looked back," said Buchanan.
On BMX competition
"It's a tough sport. You've got eight competitors on the track at once, and it's a 40-second race where anything can happen. There's so many variables -- wind, the jumps, the other riders you're competing against," said Buchanan.
On Team Australia
"As a team going into the Olympics, we're all really confident," said Buchanan. "Of course we're a little bit nervous -- it's our first time in the Olympics -- but we've all got high hopes and we're fit, strong and ready."
On Olympic competition
"There are positives and negatives to competing in the Olympics. It's inspiration to watch the Aussies, but the buildup is indescribable," said Buchanan.
Luck of the draw
"BMX is a bit of a lottery sometimes. You've got to have luck on your hands and just go out there," remarked Buchanan on the outcome of races. "One minute you could be fine, the next you could be on the ground not knowing what happened."
"This has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl, before BMX was even added to the Olympics. And it's now a reality," said Buchanan. BMX racing at the 2012 London Olympic Games begins on Aug. 8.