BMX rider Sae Hatakeyama shot to fame in 2009 when she took the title at the UCI BMX World Championships Girls 10 category at the age of 12. Her impressive jump skills played a big part in that victory in Australia, placing herself at the forefront of emerging BMX riders.
Sae went on to win the UCI BMX World Championships two years in a row in 2011 and 2012, followed by a closely contested second-place finish in the 2013 tournament in New Zealand. By this time, the Japanese rider had already established herself as one of the top athletes in the world among her age group, with the ultimate goal of becoming the number one female BMX rider in the world.
Since the age of 11, Sae has trained with Chikara Miyagi, who also coached the Japanese national team in the Beijing Olympics. She hopes his tutelage will help bring her glory in the Summer Games.Read more