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BMX suppliers tout Olympic successes

Published August 12, 2012

LONDON, England (BRAIN) Monday August 13 2012 4:49 AM MT—Heritage BMX brand Redline Bicycles celebrated Olympic glory Friday as two of its riders rode to medal finishes at the London Games.

Redline Bicycles, the premier BMX brand of the Accell Group, saw two of its riders ascend the podium as Australia’s Sam Willoughby took the men’s silver medal and the Netherlands’ Laura Smulders pedaled to the women’s bronze.

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“Through the years our riders have won virtually every form of national and international events they have competed at, but to have both an elite woman and elite man medal at the Olympics is really something very special,” said Chuck Hooper, president of Seattle Bike Supply/Redline. “Even more important to us is the fact we had 11 BMX Olympians from eight different countries riding Redline bicycles. We are very proud of all our riders that made it to the Olympics.”

High-end hub maker True Precision Components was also toasting Olympic success Friday as Latvia’s Maris Stromsberg successfully defended his gold from Beijing and Australia’s Willoughby took the silver in the men’s BMX on the company’s Stealth hubs. Three of the six remaining finalists—including American Connor Fields, who placed seventh after a crash in the final turn—also rode Stealth, owner Todd Ackert noted.

Ackert singled out design engineer Sean Callihan and sales manager Aki Nakamura for their work in getting True Precision’s products on the bikes of so many high-placing Olympians.

True Precision Components is a division of True Precision Machining, a CNC machine shop that makes a variety of parts for high-tech industries including medical, aerospace and marine communications.

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