County commissioners proclaimed today Connor Fields Day throughout greater Las Vegas and Clark County and presented the Olympic gold-medal winner with a key to the Las Vegas Strip earlier today.
Fields won a gold medal in BMX racing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He is the first American to win a gold medal in the sport.
"It is a privilege to be able to celebrate Connor's tremendous success," said Commissioner Mary Beth Scow, who is the commissioner for Commission District G, which is where Fields grew up.
"Connor's perseverance in overcoming a recent serious injury and never giving up on his Olympic dreams are a testament to his character," Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said.
Fields grew up in Clark County, graduated from Green Valley High School and is currently a student at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He began BMX racing when he was 7 years old and has overcome multiple serious injuries to become an elite racer.
Fields has competed in numerous national and international competitions, including the 2012 Olympics in London. But his plans for this year's Olympics were almost derailed when he broke his wrist in April, just four months before the games. Fields needed surgery to repair the break and was unable to compete in Olympic team qualifying races. This meant he had to wait and see if the coaches would select him to go to Rio, which they did.
In the Olympic finals of the men's BMX race, Fields won in 34.642 seconds, which was more than half a second ahead of the rest of the field.