Grands News from Louisville, KY! (September 2-6, 2004)
Accomplished in Louisville!! National #1 in 8 Novice!
In a year dedicated
to his brother's, Brenden and Dylan, Cory proved that hard work and
dedication really does pay off. There are many pictures and stories
to tell about the NBL Grands this year, but I think I'll keep it short
and simple. Cory accomplished a goal. A goal that started 4 years ago
when he first took to a BMX track in Hunderton NJ in July of 2001. That
goal was simply to be a winner. He started winning locally, then at
the state level and then at the regional and national levels. Methodically,
he improved his technique and kept working hard. It's been a slow climb
but a great one. At the beginning of 2004, all Cory wanted to do was
to come home with a trophy from the '04 Grands. Something he couldn't
accomplish in 2003. Finishing National #1 wasn't even on his mind. Not
only did he accomplish his goal of coming home with a trophy, but Cory
can now call himself a National Champion after finishing the 2004 NBL
season as National Champion #1 in the 8 Novice class!
Finishing a season National #1 is something many other riders never
get the opportunity to enjoy. How hard is it to accomplish National
#1? VERY HARD! It takes alot of hard work, dedication, and effort, along
with sacrifices on the family's part. While there is only one rider,
there is an entire family affected. Siblings trek across the country
and mom and dad go broke, but after a National #1 title, it all seems
well worth the sacrifices. Ask any family in BMX and they'll tell you
what everyone goes through. BMX families are a unique group and can
be considered a family in our own right. We share many hours, days and
emotions together. We cheer for each other's accomplishments and share
in the disappointment. It's this feeling of family that helps you make
it through the tough times and gets you to the great ones!
Thank you to EVERY FRIEND
that cheered and helped encourage Cory to this National #1 title. Thank
You also to EVERY SPONSOR
that believed in Cory this year and every year. Your support for believing
in Cory and encouraging him is something that we will never forget.
As for the specific results at the Grands, here they are.
Cory won all three motos, won
his 1/4 and then went on to win
his semi which put him into the main and allowing him to
accomplish his goal of coming home with a trophy. All he had to do was
make his main to qualify for a trophy and he did that in a powerful,
winning fashion. In the main, there was another huge accomplishment
left and all he needed to do was to finish in the top 5 to get it. A
top 5 finish would allow him to clinch a National #1 Championship title
in the 8 Novice class. Well that's what he did. He
finished 5th in the Main and made sure he was upright when
he crossed the finish line. Finishing ahead of at least 3 other riders
clinched the National #1 title for Cory and another BIG, BIG accomplishment.
Cory, we're VERY proud of you for everything you've done
this year and since 2001. We're VERY glad to see that you never give
up, even when times are tough. This year is a sample of what you can
accomplish when you never give up. Hopefully, through-out your life,
you'll remember your accomplishments in 2004 and never give up at anything
We Love Ya and we're so Proud of you!
WAY TO KEEP RACIN' HARD DUDE!
Dad, Mom, Brenden, and Dylan