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Olympic Information

    Debut

Recent Performances

  • 8th - 2012 BMX World Championships (Birmingham, Great Britain)
  • 1st - 2012 Oceania Continental Championships (Nerang, Australia)
  • 2nd - 2012 BMX Supercross #3 (Papendal, The Netherlands)
  • 1st - 2012 BMX Supercross #2 (Randaberg, Norway)
  • 13th - 2011 BMX Supercross #3 (London, Great Britain)
  • 17th - BMX World Championships (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • 3rd - 2011 BMX Supercross #2 (Papendal, The Netherlands)
  • 5th - 2011 BMX Supercross #1 (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa)

Career Highlights

  • Winning my 1st mountain bike 4cross World Championship Title in 2009
  • Placing second in the overall BMX Supercross World Cup circuit in 2010
  • Gobally Voted BMX Supercross Female rider of the year 2010

Interesting Facts

  • Caroline Buchanan is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie and has been competing in BMX since the age of five, following her brother into the sport. In addition to BMX she also competed in many other sports and was one grade off a black belt at age nine before she chose to focus on cycling over martial arts.
  • In 2008 Buchanan was amongst Australia's top BMX riders however she was too young to be eligible for Olympic selection. She then expanded her skills into mountain biking with down hill and four cross (4X). Since then she has been 4X Mountainbike World Champion twice, 8 times Australian Mountainbike Champion (downhill and fourcross) and has been named Australian Female Mountain bike rider of the year three times.
  • In 2009 Caroline rode BMX and mountain bike. An accident at a BMX track in Austria prevented her competing in the BMX World Championships but she went on to win her very first World Championship in 4X on the mountain bike in front of her home crowd at Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra.
  • Bad luck hampered her 2010 BMX World Championship campaign. After breaking a finger in a training accident and riding with her brake lever on the opposite side to normal, Buchanan went into the semi-finals as fastest qualifier only to have the leg of her race pants catch on the brake lever and put her out of contention for finals. Putting that disappointment behind her she went on to win the 4X Mountain Bike World Championships in Canada for the second year in a row.
  • In 2011 she decided to concentrate on qualifying Australia and herself for the 2012 London Olympics in BMX. She placed 1st in the National Championships but was 17th at the following World Championships in Denmark. In 2012 Buchanan posted some strong results that sees her heading into London as one of the top ranked riders in the world.

Sport

Years on national team

5

Coach

Wade Bootes (2007 - current)

Primary Training Base

Gold Coast, Australia

Club

Tuggeranong Vikings BMX Club (ACT, Australia)

Institute/Academy

ACT Academy Of Sport, Canberra

Education

Primary

St John Vianney Weston Creek (ACT, Australia)

Secondary

Merici College Braddon, Erindale College (ACT, Australia)


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