St. Cloud’s own Alise Post was ready to bring home the gold as the London Olympics kicked off Friday night. Post will be competing in Women’s BMX racing.
Headed into the games, Post is ranked second in the world behind Australia’s Caroline Buchanan in the 2012 UCI Supercross World Cup standings.
Post has overcome numerous obstacles to get to where she is today. She was a multi-sport athlete in high school, involved in gymnastics and track and field, being one of the state’s best gymnasts for four years.
She failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 because, at age 17, she was too young to qualify for the team. The minimum age required for BMX is 19.
After graduating, USA cycling extended Post an invitation to train at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. After hard training, Post regained top form and asserted herself as one of the best in the world.
After multiple brilliant performances, Post’s surge toward London came to a grinding halt when she blew out her knee days before the 2011 World Championships.
After being told she likely wasn’t going to be able to compete at London, Post began rigorous rehab to rebuild and strengthen her knee.
Luckily Post did gain a spot on the Olympic team after coaches selected her to the team. She was able to hop back on a bike in February and has been practicing for the Olympics ever since.
Here is what you need to know about the BMX superstar:
Name: Alise Post
Parents: Mark & Cheryl Post
Weight: 127 lbs
Current Residence: Chula Vista, Calif.
High School: St. Cloud Technical High School ’09
College: University of San Diego ’15
- 2012 UCI BMX World Championships, 8th
- Two-time national champion (2010, 2011)
- 1st place — 2011 & 2012 USA Cycling BMX National Championships, elite women, Chula Vista, California
- 2010 UCI BMX World Championships, bronze
- Turned pro at the age of 15
Teams: Redline Bicycles, JBL Audio, GO211.com, Tangent Products, Oakley
Competition schedule: Seeding at 9 a.m. CDT Aug. 8. Semifinals 9 a.m. CDT Aug. 10. Finals at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10.