Woman from Ecuador trains in Rock Hill to compete in BMX racing at Tokyo Olympics, inspires others

ROCK HILL, S.C. — The Olympics is set to begin in seven days, and athletes from around the world are working hard to perform their best in Tokyo.

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Professional BMX rider Domenica Azuero, the only woman to compete in the event out of Ecuador, is training at the BMX facility in Rock Hill that was built in 2014 to attract elite riders.

Azuero wants to inspire girls from her country and around the world.

“My story can motivate so many girls to keep doing. We are strong, and I think that’s why I want the girls to watch that we can do whatever we want ... We can do amazing things,” said Azuero.

>> In the video at the top of the page, Azuero tells Channel 9 sports director Phil Orban about her struggles and how it played a role in her trip to the Olympics.