BMX world champion…at 8 years old! Ethan, the nugget of Eure

BMX world champion…at 8 years old! Ethan, the nugget of Eure
BMX world champion…at 8 years old! Ethan, the nugget of Eure

He is a BMX world champion! Ethan Hosatte, the pilot licensed at the Évreux club, won the world title in the 9-year-old category. He has just been crowned, at Rock-Hill in the United States of America (USA). Less than three years after his debut in this Olympic discipline, the young boy, originally from Bourneville-Sainte-Croix (Eure) has risen to the top of the global hierarchy. In fact, it had been several weeks since Ethan and everyone around him had checked off this appointment. A first at this level of competition in his age category which he had made the major objective of the season. And for a first attempt, it’s a masterstroke. And everything but a surprise, including for the observers and other educators of the Évreux club who have accompanied the nugget since its beginnings.

Exceptional physical and mental qualities

At the end of March, he announced, with humility, the color. That of the medal he planned to win in the USA. “Ethan was very impatient to be able to compete against foreign riders, after his national title last year,” recalls Julien Marie, educator and trainer at the Évreux BMX club. Children under 8 years of age do not have access to international competitions.” The eager apprentice knew how to be patient, working again and again on the track without relying on unusual predispositions for his age.

“This is the first time I’ve seen this,” emphasizes Julien Marie. Ethan has that extra thing. He has an extraordinary ability to assimilate things, whether in the technical field, particularly his ability to absorb bumps. But he also has physical qualities that allow him to compete against young people who are often two years older than him. And then there is the mental aspect. In the United States, he demonstrated great maturity. He knew how to manage his race, leaving his main American rival behind him but at a sufficient distance. He did not let himself be overwhelmed by his emotions while he was taken care of by the France team, and thus separated from his parents during the races.”

In search of a new international title from the end of May

“We were not able to celebrate this title immediately with him,” confirm his parents. He had to go through all the stages of the protocol and the title ceremony. He experienced this quite well, supported by the France team. Ethan didn’t immediately realize what he had just done…”.

“He started by sleeping 15 hours upon returning to our home in Pont-Audemer,” explains Brice Hosatte, the father of the young champion and former BMX rider. And then when he returned to school he became fully aware of what he had achieved in the USA. The welcome from the students and teachers and all the emotion that went with it made him understand what kind of feat he had achieved.”

The interlude to savor this first title will be short-lived. Ethan and his loved ones hit the road again at the end of May. Direction, Italy and Verona, where they will find the management of the French BMX team to try to win the continental title on Friday May 31.

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