BMX Star Connor Fields Tells Fans He May Not Compete in 2024 Olympics After Suffering Traumatic Brain Injury

by Chris Haney

American BMX rider Connor Fields announced that it’s unlikely he will compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics after suffering a traumatic brain injury in Tokyo.

On July 30, Fields crashed during the men’s individual BMX racing qualifying round at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He was immediately attended to as he lied on the track. As medical professionals carried him off the course on a stretcher, officials notified him that he qualified for this year’s finals.

Yet the scary crash left Connor Fields with a brain hemorrhage and he wouldn’t return to the competition. Now, it’s sounding as if the BMX rider is seriously questioning his inclusion in the next Summer Olympics in 2024.

Instead, he’s clearly focused on rehabbing from his extensive injuries. In fact, Fields isn’t looking years down the road right now. As he mentioned in a recent Twitter post, the American athlete is taking things one week at a time.

“The number of comments I’m getting saying ‘Paris is in 3 years!’ Do people realize I nearly died? Brain hemorrhage? No memory…. Maybe I’m not ready to commit to that yet? Can we chill for just a sec? Maybe focus on lunch next week first….” Fields tweeted on Saturday.

Connor Fields Suffers Multiple Injuries, Had Temporary Memory Loss

Following his horrific crash, Fields suffered numerous serious injuries. They included a brain hemorrhage, broken ribs, and a collapsed lung. Before returning home to the U.S., the BMX rider stayed in a Tokyo hospital for five days before being released.

Additionally, Connor Fields admits that he lost a portion of his memory because of the incident. On August 6, the Olympian shared details about his injuries and recovery on Facebook.

“I am finally back home and on the road to recovery from Tokyo,” Fields shared on Facebook. “I have about 4-5 days that are completely missing from memory from competition day to the following few days. I’m so thankful for the @teamusa and @teamcycling staff who were there to help me the whole way through this process and get me home.”

“I’m not going to lie, I was bummed when I was told that I qualified for the Olympic final from the stretcher. I had worked so hard and done absolutely everything I could to be ready to contend for another medal. I felt as if I was on track to go for another podium. But alas it just wasn’t meant to be and as they say, that’s bmx,” Fields added.

Fields added a photo of himself back home with his family and dogs in the post and looked to be in good spirits. He also made sure to thank his team for helping him earn his place as “the only male Olympic BMXer to make three finals in the history of the sport.”