Each year ESPN open up and release “The Body Issue”. If, like us, you hadn’t heard of this… it’s Magazine’s annual celebration of athletes’ amazing bodies, where they stop to admire the vast potential of the human form and the bodies of people who literally bring home gold in the Olympics. This years issue is due to be released shortly. One of the really cool things about this annual campaign is that EVERYBODY gets involved! A true testament to the spirit of sports and the human form….
…Now, I gotta get to that Gym more often!!!! 🙂
Here is a little Extract from the lovely people at ESPN, who shared the Interview with Nigel Sylvester:
“Posing nude is just another challenge for me. I challenge myself on my bicycle every single day. It kind of goes hand in hand with what I do as a competitive athlete.
My shins are so jacked up. We call them “shinners” — when you don’t land properly and the pedal snaps back and hits your shins. For years my mom would say I would never find a wife with shins like that. But it’s just part of my body that I’ve given to my sport. Just me giving my love to my art. But yeah, they are pretty jacked up.
Sometimes when I’m riding it feels like I’m in The Matrix. Everything just slows down and I’m able to dodge bullets and whatnot. It’s such a dope feeling.
BMX riding breaks down racial perceptions. Coming from New York City and being a BMX rider, that isn’t something that’s too common. I feel like for the longest time, I would ride through certain neighborhoods and people would call me a “white boy” because they associated white boys from California with BMX riding, and it bugs me so much because I’m completely not that. I completely don’t fit that mold. It’s really important for me to bring BMX riding to the masses and show people exactly what it is.
I want to have Obama on a BMX bicycle riding around NYC one day.
I’m just as in love with bicycles today as I was when I was 6 years old. We had this Big Wheel, and I was just a really hyper kid, just an adrenaline junkie at a very early age. I had seen my older cousins go super fast on their bikes and do skids, and I would try to mimic what they were doing on the Big Wheel. They saw me doing it, and they were like, “Damn, that’s crazy!” I fell in love with bicycles that day.
It feels more natural riding my bike than walking sometimes. I feel like the bike is a part of me. It’s been a part of me for so many years that it’s become my ultimate comfort zone.
I can bob and weave through traffic in any city, no matter where it is in the world. But you have to know what the bike is going to do in any given situation. Last year I was coming down Broadway going super fast. There were about 20 of us, and I was flying as fast as I possibly could, and this bus was coming across and I thought I could dip in front of the bus, and I’m like, “I’m not going to make it.” The only thing I could do was jump off my bike and let my bike slide underneath the bus. Luckily the bus stopped in traffic and didn’t run over my bike, but I let the bike go underneath the bus and I was actually still holding on to the handlebar with the bike underneath the bus. I live for moments like that.”