Agustina Roth has entered the last phase of preparations to compete in BMX freestyle at Buenos Aires 2018. She also got to know the Youth Olympic Village and imagined herself in Puerto Madero’s Urban Park with her trusty bike that has accompanied her all the way from her native Bahia Blanca, in Buenos Aires province.
“I’d like these Games to inspire me to continue, I hope everything works out well and that my sport grows. That my family, friends and acquaintances can see me compete as a local also motivates me. I want to be a national pride for Argentina”.
It was a hobby even when, at 13 years old, she told her mom that she wanted to dedicate herself to the sport, but a call from Argentina’s national team changed the panorama and Agustina Roth never got off her bike. Now she’s preparing to fulfil a dream: to represent her country in BMX freestyle at Buenos Aires 2018.
“One day I was bored, my best friend told me that there was a good place to bike. I went with him for a bit and I had lots of fun. The sport gave me new friendships and helped me with learning difficulties”, she told buenosaires2018.com regarding her beginnings in Bahia Blanca.
Roth is going to be an Argentine rider among the 16 participants in the BMX freestyle mixed competition. It will make its debut on the Youth Olympic Games programme and will be held at the Argentine Women’s Park, Puerto Madero's Urban Park.
How does she feel to have less than 100 days until the opening ceremony at the Obelisk? “Nervous and anxious. I really want to compete. It’s a dream for me to be at Buenos Aires 2018. Soon that dream will become reality”, she explained.
The Olympic Day celebration at the grounds of the Youth Olympic Village was an ideal excuse for Agustina to get to know her future home at the Games: “I really liked the place and the event was nice. To see so many athletes together made me start enjoying the Olympic atmosphere”.
After a 2017 that kicked off her international career with a the World Cup in Edmonton and the World Championship in Chengdu where she qualified for October, Roth has settled in at the CeNARD sports complex in Buenos Aires to continue her journey to Buenos Aires 2018.
“I have two World Cup competitions coming up, the first is in Canada and the other is in September in Hungary, with a national competition in Tierra del Fuego (Argentina) in the middle. In addition to those ones, I continue training in Buenos Aires”, said Agustina, who will be in search of a medal on October 10 and 11 in the Argentine capital.
Buenos Aires 2018 is a big motivator for her: “I’d like these Games to inspire me to continue, I hope everything works out well and that my sport grows. That my family, friends and acquaintances can see me compete as a local also motivates me. I want to be a national pride for Argentina”.