His dad may have won a historic gold medal, but it was adorable toddler Noah Martin who stole the show in a post-win interview.
Logan Martin triumphed in the first-ever BMX freestyle competition at Ariake Sports Park on Sunday to claim Australia’s 13th gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
The 27-year-old father wowed viewers with a stunning no-hands front flip in the first run, earning him a winning score of 93.30 and making history as the first-ever gold medalist when the sport made its debut.
The rider later told reporters he hoped the feat would bring him to the side of neighbors back home, who weren’t happy that he built a skate park in the backyard to practice his sport.
Meanwhile, at home in the Gold Coast hinterland, his proud wife Kim spoke to Karl Stefanovic on Monday’s Today show about her husband’s sweeping victory.
Logan Martin (pictured) made history after taking the gold medal in the first-ever BMX freestyle competition at the Tokyo Olympics
But the conversation was repeatedly interrupted by the Martins’ young son, Noah, who sought his mother’s attention.
‘He [Logan] is very excited, he is enjoying every moment of it all,” Kim says, before Noah injected by yelling “mama” and prompted her to pick it up.
“Oh hello there young fellow,” Stefanovic says.
“I want to play with Daddy,” Noah replies.
Sitting on his mother’s hip, the two-year-old sat down temporarily for a few minutes before soaking, prompting Kim to put him back on the floor.
But when he immediately started moaning again, Kim picked him up—this time the toddler amused himself by driving toy cars over his mother’s chest.
“Broom, broom,” he mumbles, rolling the truck against his mother’s chin as Stefanovic laughs.
“Want some attention?” Kim asks, causing the shy toddler to turn his head over the back of her shoulder.
‘How’s the young fellow? He has enough energy’, Stefanovic chuckles.
‘He does. He cycled around this morning,” Kim replies, as Noah rests his head against his mother’s chest and remains silent for the rest of the conversation.
Logan Martin pictured with his wife Kim and their son Noah at their Gold Coast home
Wife Kim (pictured) appeared on the Today show Monday to talk about Martin’s Olympic win, but the couple’s son, Noah, stole the show by interrupting the discussion in an effort to draw attention
Stefanovic suggested it must be a heavy sacrifice for the young family as Martin will have to miss in time together as Martin is competing abroad.
While Noah misses his dad, Kim, who is pregnant with their second child, said this time around, things are going better than Martin’s last trip a few months ago, when he suffered from morning sickness.
But she said it was “amazing” to see her husband take the medal over the weekend.
“I think everyone here was just crying and cheering. It was a moment to remember,” she said.
After winning gold, Martin said he hoped the win would ease tensions with his neighbors back home, who were unimpressed by the scaled-down skate park in his backyard.
Due to a lack of local training facilities, Martin had to either build his own facility, which cost about $70,000, or go abroad.
“A few of my closest neighbors weren’t too keen on the idea,” he told Seven Network.
“This has clearly paid off and I hope they see it pay off.
“I think it’s a crazy feeling to achieve this goal, invest so much money in this goal and walk away with the gold medal. It’s the icing on the cake for me, it’s just at the top of my career, all my career achievements.”
Martin (pictured with his son) scored 93.30 and made history as the first-ever gold medalist when the sport made its debut
Stefanovic asked Kim if getting the gold had put the couple back in their neighbors’ good books.
“They’ve definitely stopped by from the moment we first let them know” [our building plans],’ she said.
“You know, it’s kind of uncharted territory for people, so when you say you’re building a skate park in your backyard, it doesn’t come to mind in a positive way.
But when he appeared on Sunrise later that morning, Martin suggested that the relationship still needed to be ironed out completely.
When host Natalie Barr suggested that the Martins invite the neighbors over for a barbecue as a thank you for allowing the non-traditional backyard infrastructure, the BMX rider reacted awkwardly to the statement.
None of the other eight entrants could match Martin’s array of aerial tricks, with the Australian later revealing Sunday’s dominant first round was a safety run.
Martin, who won his second world title in June, had more tricks up if needed, but he had already secured the gold medal when he was the last starter in the second run.
Noah’s antics let Karl Stefanovic down as toddler stole the spotlight and repeatedly demanded attention
The Australian performed a daring no-hands forward somersault at the start of his victory run, but then gave up when his foot slipped.
Martin, from Logan in Queensland, claimed Australia’s first Olympic gold medal since Anna Meares won the women’s sprint at the 2012 London Games.
No Australian had won gold in Olympic men’s cycling since 2004.
Martin was the only competitor to score more than 90 in Saturday’s two heats, confirming he was the man to beat.
On Sunday it came down to the Japanese Rim Nakamura, who comes from a strong cycling family and is even named after a bicycle part.
With thousands of local fans lining a nearby bridge to cheer him on, Nakamura got off to a strong start to his second run at Ariake Sports Park, but faded late for a score of 85.10.
That confirmed Martin, the last man to compete, as the gold medalist.
Venezuela’s Daniel Dhers, the veteran of the men’s competition at 36, won silver with 92.05 on his second run and British rider Declan Brooks scored 90.80 for the bronze.
Australia should have had two men’s medal contenders, but former world champion Brandon Loupos badly injured his knee during the World Championships in June and required reconstruction.