BMX cycling made Olympic history today, by becoming an official event with the opening heats and quarter-finals at the 4,000 seat BMX park in Beijing.
A little bit beach volleyball (cheerleaders, stands, music) and a little bit freestyle skiing, BMX is intended to draw the younger audience. The stands were about three-quarters full, according to the Los Angeles Times report, which isn't bad for heats.
Mike Day of the United States (shown here in an Associated Press photo by Ivan Sekretarev that gives you a bit of a view of the BMX park) was the man to beat after the heats and quarter-finals in the men's division; Anne-Caroline Chausson of France was the top female rider.
Canadian Scott Erwood of Surrey, B.C., survived the heats but lost in the quarter-finals, finishing eighth of eight. In the women's division, Sammy Cools of Airdrie went on to the semifinals, finishing 13th of 16 riders.
There's a BMX gallery here.