Mike King leaves USA Cycling
Following a disappointing finish for Team USA at the 2012 London Olympic Games, USA Cycling's BMX program director Mike King announced that he was no longer employed by USA Cycling on Monday. "After seven rewarding years at the helm, I would like to extend my gratitude to the USA Cycling organization for giving me the opportunity to lead a highly successful BMX program. I witnessed many great achievements which included three Olympic medals, four Pan American medals, five World Championship titles, and fourteen Supercross World Cup wins," said King via email.
Despite King's many achievements with USA Cycling, he cited the lack of an Olympic medal for Team USA in 2012 as a reason for his departure. "I ultimately failed to bring home an Olympic medal for the United States in 2012. These are the harsh realities that come with this job and I want to wish my successor all the best leading up to 2016," King continued.
King graciously thanked USA Cycling and the entire staff of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. He did not announce any future plans.
Following the reports of King's departure from USA Cycling, BMXNews.com reported that King's position would be filled by U.K. BMX veteran and Olympic gold medalist in track cycling Jamie Staff. Currently employed by USA Cycling to manage the USA National Track Sprint program, Staff will also oversee the crop of BMX talent leading into Rio in 2016.
"As the new leader of this program, my goal will be to get the USA BMX Program back to being the dominating force on the world stage. I will be using the skills I developed in my long career as a cyclist, as well as my newly developed skills as a director/coach to make the USA BMX program a force to be reckoned with. I am excited to get back into the sport of BMX and look forward to passing down my knowledge to the amazing talent we have in this country. I am also looking forward to working alongside James Herrera, the National BMX coach, as I know he has a wealth of knowledge and experience," said Staff.
Staff was ranked NBL National #1 pro in 2001, and placed sixth in Downhill BMX at X Games VIII in 2002.