by Justine Marie Bernardo

Malolos, Bulacan - A Filipino with Bulakenyo lineage is to fight for the Philippines in the upcoming London Olympics 2012.

Daniel "Danny" Caluag is the representative of the Philippines wherein he will compete with the other countries in the sport Bicycle Motocross (BMX Cycling).

Born on January 15, 1987 in Harbor City, California and currently taking BS Nursing degree in the Lindsey Wilson College, The Bulakenyo-Ilocano/American cyclist and his family are already based in Kentucky and seldom contact their families in the Philippines.

He is the 8th Filipino that qualified to join the Olympics and the only Asian out of 32 competitors in the said sport.

Caluag first attempted in competing in the BMX in the United States but unfortunately he did not qualify in the US National Team. That's when decided to represent his parents’ native land and was able to succeed in entering into the Olympics.

Danny has a Respiratory Therapist father namely Daniel Caluag who is from Bulacan, then migrated to Guam then to California. Her mother is aRegistered Nurse namely Isabelita Manabat from Nueva Ecijia. He has a brother, Christopher John, a Civil Engineer. Danny is married to Stephanie Caluag, also a BS Nursing college student.

Danny's competition will be on August 8-10 and will feature quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds. In each round, eight cyclists are engaged in a head-to-head battle, starting off with a ride down an eight-meter-high ramp then negotiating a dirt circuit that has a banked corner, S-bend transfer and jump marks. The quarterfinal and semifinals are consist of three runs with the cumulative time determining the riders to advance. The finals will gather the top eight cyclists in a single-lap showdown.

 


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