Cheri Elliott ( born April 17, 1970)
Elliott start racing in 1979, at a young age of 9, when she took part in the 9 & over Girls class. Her legendary carreer began when she won the champioship in her first race. Although Elliott's carreer was shortlived (7 years) and she did not turn pro, many still remembered her as the one competing with boys of the same age group. At the time when she started racing, there was often not enough girl racers in her age group to form a race class. Thus she often took part in the boys division races. Although she was a girl, she managed to beat the other racers and often advance to the qualifying heats, "Opens" and even the "Mains" (the final race of the day to decide the winner). Even when there was enough racers to form a girl's category for her age, she would often challenge herself with the older age group. She was indeed a talented BMX racer whose skills far surpass those of her age.
Besides being a good BMX racer, she was also equally good in the Quarter Pipe BMX Freestyle trick riding (unusual for a girl to take part at that time) and was one of the few girls who could execute the "Table Top".
Despite her early retirement at the age of 15, Elliott returned in 1989 to compete in the ABA Grand Nationals, with her Hall of Fame induction.
However, she took a fall while trying to execute a stylish jump and lost the race. She may have retired entirely from BMX after that, but she picked up Mountain Bike racing in 1994 and became the National Dual Slalom Champion. Her official retreat from sports carreer was in 2001 after an injury incurred during competition.
Her acheivements (overall):
- four time National Champion
- four time World National Champion (in the girls category)
- 1979, 9 & over Girls class => 1st
- 1980, United Bicycle Racers(UBR), national 9 - 10 girls => Champion (in the guys category)
- 1982, UBR Bay Area National, 11 Expert=> 1st (beating Mark Perez)
- 1983, ABA Cajun Nationals, 11-12 Trophy Dash, 12 Expert=> Won (beating two times winner, Jason Griggs)
Mat Hoffman (Born - January 9, 1972)
In 1985, Hoffman entered the freestyle BMX circuit as an amateur at a young age of 13. He created history in the BMX circle by being the youngest pro around at the age of 15. Despite numerous injuries and operations, Hoffman continued to participate in BMX competitions. In 1993, Hoffman built the first-ever oversized "Big" ramp, in an attempt to make the highest air jump. In 2002, he set the record for the highest assisted "air" on bicycle for rising 26'6" above a 24' ramp, reaching 50'6" above the ground. This attempt was recorded in the 2004 Guinness Book of World Records. In 2005, he was elected as the President of the International BMX Freestyle Federation. Adding on to his list of achievements, many of the tricks seen in BMX now are invented by him, including the 900, flip fakie, flair etc.