Check out pictures of Logan Martin’s crazy $70k backyard set up that helped him win BMX gold

Logan Martin shelled out $70,000 on a backyard skate park and endured a few neigbourhood disputes along the way, but the unusual strategy paid off with a historic gold medal on Sunday. Martin won the first men’s BMX freestyle competition, securing it with his first of two runs, which he described as a “safety run” […]

Check out pictures of Logan Martin’s crazy $70k backyard set up that helped him win BMX gold

Logan Martin shelled out $70,000 on a backyard skate park and endured a few neigbourhood disputes along the way, but the unusual strategy paid off with a historic gold medal on Sunday.

Martin won the first men’s BMX freestyle competition, securing it with his first of two runs, which he described as a “safety run” – designed to put up a score to insure against a second round failure.

In the end his first attempt was better than another rider in their two combined and he got to savour a victory lap, where he busted out an extraordinary trick before it came to a premature end.

Martin is a poster boy for the worth of preparation.

With the closure of an indoor BMX park in Coomera, near his home on the Gold Coast, Martin decided he would have to move overseas, or build his own in his back yard.

He did the latter, to the same dimensions of the Ariake Skate Park where he entered history on Sunday.
It cost him $70,000 and some of his neighbours weren’t too happy about it.

His instagram posts show the incredible scale of his set up.

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“We didn’t have any training facilities around my area, so it was either build my own facility if I wanted to stay on the Gold Coast or move overseas,” he said after winning gold.

“I bought a property with enough land and I did just that – I built my own skatepark.

“A few of my neighbours weren’t too keen on the idea. It obviously paid off, and I hope they see that it paid off, too.”

“I’ve had to build this because there’s not so much for me to practice on around the Gold Coast and around Brisbane,” he said.

After his first run, told the cameras, “I’ve got more,” and he was true to his word with a front bike flip that defied gravity and commonsense.

“I came out here to be the gold medal,” he said. “I came into the final with all the pressure in the world on me and I overcome that and I managed to win the event off my first run. I honestly can’t believe it.

“I’m so stoked. Today, that was my safety run and I got it at 93.30. I didn’t even bring out my big tricks, which is crazy to think. Anyone who has seen me ride knows I have a lot more.

“I did do the front bike flip in my second run. I wanted to do one. I love that trick. It is a crowd pleaser as well. I wanted to show all the guys back home what BMX is about and to win the event off my safety run is crazy. ”

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The Lions entered halftime at Cape Town Stadium 9-6 ahead on Saturday through three Dan Biggar penalties – but the match then turned on its head, with the world champions taking control up front and in the air to dominate the second period.

Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am crossed in the third quarter while the boot of Handre Pollard did the rest, setting up a winner-takes-all scenario in the climax to the tour.

“The players are very disappointed but next Saturday is a cup final. That’s how we’ve got to look at it and prepare,” head coach Gatland said.

“There are a few things we’ve got to tidy up. It’s 1-1 and South Africa put a huge amount of emotion into that game. We’ve got that chance next week to hopefully take the series.

“We were happy at halftime and in the second half just didn’t get into it. We got no momentum, no real opportunity to play. Nothing at all from our kick returns and that was disappointing.

The build-up had seen South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus release online an hour-long video critiquing the performance of the officials, headed by Australian referee Nic Berry, at Cape Town Stadium a week earlier.

The Springboks then doubled down on their claim of being disrespected by the officials and accused Gatland of “destroying the dignity of the series” after the Lions made it known that they felt Marius Jonker – a South African – should not have been TMO.

“I thought it (Erasmus’ video) was pretty interesting. I won’t be going on social media this week,” Gatland said.

“I don’t really want to comment on that because I want other people to take care of it. The last thing we need is a war of words and being accused of doing certain things.

“We’ll keep things to ourselves and keep to the proper channels.

“We’ve got systems and process in place. Hopefully, World Rugby looks at that to make sure everyone follows the protocols.

“We deal with the referees through World Rugby. That’s the process. I just hope it doesn’t get to the situation where we end up with things on Twitter and people airing their views in that way and not through the proper channels.

“I found it quite strange that that approach was taken. It’s definitely not something I’ll get involved with. It’s important that we keep up the integrity of the game as much as we can.”

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