Greater Athens January 2022 - Page 34

HOT WHEELS

Story by Shelli Parker Courtesy photos sparker @ athensreview . com
When Austin Griffith was taken to the park at 2 1 / 2 years old , his mom Jennifer was shocked to see him climb on a bike and take off . She had no idea at the time where his natural talents would take him . He was recently announced 2021 State Champion in his class and

Local young BMX rider excels

age group at 10 years old , but it all started at the park .
“ We were at the park one day , where he was playing with an older kid . His mom asked me ‘ Can he ride my 9-year-old ’ s bike ?’” Jennifer said . “ He got on there and took off with no assistance . He had never ridden one before . I came home and told
34 Greater Athens Magazine | January 2022 my husband that we needed to get him a bike !”
When people heard about Austin ’ s hidden talent , they started encouraging the shocked parents to take it up a notch .
“ Someone said if you have a 3-year-old that can ride a bike , you need to go to the BMX track ,” Jennifer said . “ We went to Cowtown BMX in Fort Worth and checked it out , taking his tiny bike and he got out there as a little tyke .”
They knew nothing about the sport , but the track official let Austin cruise around on his small bike and walked them around , introducing them to a whole new