Bethany Shriever is a 22-year-old British BMX racer who was invited to join the Olympic cycling squad. The issue she faced was that preparing for the Olympics is very expensive, and without government funding, this task is extremely difficult.
Bethany Shrieve calculated the cost of competing in Tokyo and launched a crowdfunding page in 2019. Her parents assisted her as much as they could, and she also worked as a teaching assistant in a nursery to raise the £50,000 ($70,000) required to travel to Japan.
Following the 2016 Olympics, when none of the female riders qualified for the Games, the United Kingdom decided that the female riders would not be financially supported for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with funds going solely to the male team.
She defeated Colombian Mariana Pajon, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and her idol. And now, Bethany, along with her teammate Kyle Whyte, has become an inspiration to many as Britain’s first BMX medalists.