CBC Snapchat takeover: Follow Olympic athlete Tory Nyhaug on gearing up for the Rio Olympics

The B.C. athlete will take over CBC Vancouver's Snapchat account on May 19 and show what it takes to train for the Olympics.

The B.C. athlete will take over CBC Vancouver's Snapchat account today

Tory Nyhaug won gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto last year. Now he's gearing up for the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

BMX racer Tory Nyhaug is one to watch at the 2016 Rio Olympics.  

On May 19, the Coquitlam, B.C. athlete will take over CBC Vancouver's Snapchat account to show what it takes to train for the Olympics.

But his journey to the Olympics has not been without its ups and downs. 

Just 11 weeks before the 2012 London Olympics, Nyhaug ruptured his spleen for the second time. But he clawed back to compete and was Canada's only BMX racer at the Games.

Then in 2015, he won the 2015 Pan Am Games gold in Toronto and he's leading Canada's squad at the BMX championships in Colombia next month. 

But through all that, Nyhaug also had his eye on the long game — and that's gearing up for the Olympics this summer. 

What's your goal for the Olympics this year? 

Go in as prepared as I can be , race my best and be able to look back on racing after and know I did everything I could and be proud of what I did, whatever the result.

How do you think the London Olympics helped you prepare for Rio?

2015 Pan Am Games gold medallist, Tory Nyhaug, testing out the Rio BMX track in March 2016. (Tory Nyhaug)

It helped by just experiencing a games of that magnitude. The Olympics are an amazing event that most people never get to experience. It's awesome! The atmosphere, racing and everything else will be amazing and I can't wait.

How does it feel to be leading Canada's squad to the BMX championships? 

It's always special to wear the Canadian team jersey and I always do my best to represent my country the best I can. The world championships is always a special race.

Tory Nyhaug rides in the semifinal of the BMX championships at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. (Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

What got you hooked on BMX in the first place?

I was four years old when I started, so I can remember my very first years on the track.

But I know I always loved riding my bike and the competition aspect is what I always liked the most. It's such a head-to-head sport and so much can happen that when you do well, it's an incredible feeling of self pride. 

You've had so many injuries over the years, even landing in intensive care for several weeks at one point. It's clear BMX is not a sport for wimps. What keeps you motivated to get back on the bike after that?

Injuries are part of life and any sport. It's something I love to do, and I've had to battle back from some hard times, and that is what I'm most proud of when I think of my biggest accomplishments.

I've learned a lot about myself and had to be strong in situations where that was the only option. B2ten, (a private sponsor), has been a critical part of my career, always being there, believing in me and supporting me in any was they can to get me back at my best.  

With my incredible individualized support team around me, they've made those hard times easier.

Follow Tory Nyhaug's takeover on CBC Vancouver's Snapchat.