Caroline Buchanan

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Caroline Buchanan
Personal information
Nickname(s) Cannonball
Nationality Australian
Born (1990-10-24) 24 October 1990 (age 24)
Canberra, Australia
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Country  Australia
Sport Cycling
Event(s) Bicycle motocross(BMX)
Mountain biking

Caroline Buchanan (born 24 October 1990) is an Australian cyclist who represents Australia in BMX and mountain biking. She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's BMX event.


Nicknamed Cannonball,[1] Buchanan was born on 24 October 1990 in Canberra, Australia.[1][2] She attended St John Vianney Weston Creek before going to high school at Merici College Braddon and Erindale College.[1] As of May 2012, she lives in the Australian Capital Territory.[3]

Buchanan is 165 centimetres (65 in) tall and weighs 68 kilograms (150 lb).[1][4]


Buchanan represents Australia in BMX and mountain biking.[4] She has been coached by Wade Bootes since 2007.[1] Her primary training base is on Queensland's Gold Coast.[1] She has a cycling scholarship with the ACT Academy of Sport.[1] She is a member of the Tuggeranong Vikings BMX Club.[1] She is 11× time Australian champion in BMX,[4] in 2011 World Championships Buchanan won silver medal at time trial. She is also the 2009 and 2010 4-X Champion.[2][3] She has earned the Australian Female Mountain bike rider of the year title three different times.[1]

While Buchanan was one of the best Australian BMX riders in 2008, she was not eligible for the Olympics because of her age.[1] Following the 2008 issue, she added mountain biking to her cycling disciplines.[1]

During 2012, Buchanan was focused on BMX and earning an Olympic spot in the discipline.[3] In 2012, she won a round of the Supercross, becoming the first Australian woman to do so.[3] She had the two fastest runs at the 2012 time trial event at the World Championships in Birmingham, England.[3] In May 2012, she was ranked the number one women's BMX rider in the world.[3] She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's BMX event.[1]

In September 2013 Buchanan won the elite women's title at the UCI World Four Cross Championships in Leogang, Austria. She beat Anneke Beerten(Netherlands) the defending world champion.[5] In July Buchanan also won the UCI BMX World Championships in New Zealand.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "London 2012 - Caroline Buchanan". Australia: Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Caroline Buchanan". Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Buchanan wins first BMX world title". Sky News. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  4. ^ a b c "Caroline Buchanan". Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Buchanan riding high after fifth world title". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alicia Coutts
and Tom Slingsby
Australian Athlete of the Year
(with Kim Crow)
Succeeded by