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Logan Martin : Journey to Gold - Logan Martin

Logan Martin

Journey to Gold

By: Logan Martin

Paperback | 18 October 2022 | Edition Number 1

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Olympic gold medalist, X-Games legend and world champion Logan Martin shares his inspiring journey to the top of the BMX freestyle podium - the art of flight and the lessons of gravity, the pursuit of perfection and the pull of family, the sacrifices required and the simple joys of a backyard session.

One of the top storylines from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics was the brigade of bandits from Australia throwing down at the freestyle park for the inaugural action-sports events - in particular the young gun from Logan City, Queensland, who took the gold medal off the table before his competitors knew what had happened.

But there's been nothing easy about Logan's ascent to the top. His journey began at twelve when his family moved a block away from the local skate park - a charged gathering place for drop-ins and drop-outs, a culture crucible, and a place to test your skills in front of stunned peers and naysayers alike. And it wouldn't be long before Logan was vaulting himself onto ever-larger stages, in front of the eyes of the world.

A testament to dedication and self-discipline, artistry and courage, Logan Martin has set the bar for what it means to be an international extreme sports athlete. Putting aside the fact that there are tricks in his quiver that few in the world can land, it's his smooth confidence, aggressive lines and virtuosity bottled up in a 5'6" tattooed frame that has won the world's attention. And the real scary part? He's coming back for more.

About the Author

Gold Coast's Logan Martin started freestyle BMX at the age of 12 after following his brother, Nathan, to the Crestmead Skate Park. Spending most of his spare time there, Martin started showing real talent at the age of 15, entering competitions with his parents, Donna and Sean, taking him to the events and buying bikes and parts. Logan first travelled overseas in 2012, where he won the first international event he entered. Martin won the International Festival of Extreme Sports (FISE) World Series title in both 2015 and 2016, following those titles up by claiming the inaugural BMX Freestyle world title at the UCI Urban World Championships in China in 2017.

A stellar 2019 followed, which saw Logan win dual X Games gold, the Urban Games gold, and a World Championship silver behind teammate Brandon Loupos. He also built a BMX ramp in the backyard of his home to prepare for his Olympic run during lockdown. At the 2020 and 2021 National Championships in Melbourne, Martin won gold, and added a second career rainbow jersey when he took out the 2021 UCI World Championships in France. The culmination of Logan's career so far was claiming gold at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. He still lives on the Gold Coast with his wife, Kimberley, and their two children, Noah and Luna.

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