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BMX makes Olympic debut

BMX jump
Riders race into the first set of jumps during an Olympic BMX quarterfinal qualifier at Beijing’s Laoshan track. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Mike Day
U.S. Olympic cyclist Mike Day, right, leads the pack with teammate Donny Robinson, left, not far behind during a quarterfinal heat at Beijing’s Laoshan BMX track. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kyle Bennett
Kyle Bennett is thrown from his bicycle during a collision in the first turn at Beijing’s Laoshan BMX Venue, during one of the quarterfinal heats. Bennett suffered a dislocated left shoulder. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kyle Bennett
Kyle Bennett of the U.S. comes to his feet with the help of medical personnel after separating his shoulder in a collision in the first turn at Beijing’s Laoshan BMX Venue, during one of the quarterfinal heats. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Kyle Bennett
His hand bloodied, gloves torn and a dislocated left shoulder, U.S. Olympic BMX rider Kyle Bennett refused a stretcher and rode off the course on his bike after crashing midway through a quarterfinal heat at Beijing’s Laoshan BMX track. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Jill Kintner
Jill Kintner, the only U.S. woman in the field, walks her bike along Beijing’s Laoshan BMX track as she prepares for qualifying competition. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Mike Day
U.S. Olympic cyclist Mike Day, left, posted the top time-trial mark of the day at Beijing’s Laoshan BMX track. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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Jared Graves of Australia competes in the men’s seeding phase of the BMX competition on Wednesday in Beijing. (Harry How / Getty Images)
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Riders are airborne as they race in the men’s BMX quarterfinal on Wednesday. (Szilard Koszticsak / EPA)
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Riders compete in the men’s BMX quarterfinals during the Beijing Games on Wednesday. (Carl De Souza / AFP/Getty Images)
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Mike Day of Santa Clarita, Calif., is airborne during the BMX men’s quarterfinal run. All three men made it through to the semifinals on Thursday. (Ivan Sekretarev / Associated Press)
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U.S. rider Kyle Bennett (rear) crashes in a quarterfinal heat of the BMX men’s competition Wednesday in Beijing. (Oliver Weiken / EPA)
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