Date of birth: 11/03/1989
From: Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, lives in Manchester
Team: Great Britain
Liam Phillips: Career profile
Phillips started out in BMX at the tender age of five, and he says that the sport is firmly in his blood.
He made his Olympic debut in 2008, when he competed for Great Britain when 19 years old. He was knocked out in the quarter-finals.
Phillips since spent some time riding in the velodrome as part of the team sprint set-up alongside former BMXer Sir Chris Hoy. The experiment didn’t work out, but what it did do is convince Phillips that his heart is with BMX.
A string of bone-breaking injuries had taken a psychological toll on the man from Somerset, but a dalliance with the boards was a case of ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’.
Phillips was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympic Games, but his preparations suffered a setback after a nasty crash in the preceding BMX World Championships resulting in Phillip’s fracturing his collarbone. The previous day he had won the event’s time trial
Liam Phillips: Results
UCI BMX World Championships, time trial
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