Date of birth: 11/03/1989
From: Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, lives in Manchester
Team: Great Britain
Liam Phillips: Career profile
Phillips started out in BMX at the tender age of five, and he says that the sport is firmly in his blood.
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He made his Olympic debut in 2008, when he competed for Great Britain when 19 years old. He was knocked out in the quarter-finals.
Phillips since spent some time riding in the velodrome as part of the team sprint set-up alongside former BMXer Sir Chris Hoy. The experiment didn’t work out, but what it did do is convince Phillips that his heart is with BMX.
A string of bone-breaking injuries had taken a psychological toll on the man from Somerset, but a dalliance with the boards was a case of ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’.
Phillips was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympic Games, but his preparations suffered a setback after a nasty crash in the preceding BMX World Championships resulting in Phillip’s fracturing his collarbone. The previous day he had won the event’s time trial
Liam Phillips: Results
UCI BMX World Championships, time trial