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Olympic Dad: A Las Vegas father's love for his BMX superstar son

"Raising a child is an amazing journey. I saw that picture it reminded me, for all the frustrations there are incredible blessings," said Mike Fields of his Olympian son, Connor. (Mike Fields | KSNV)

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"I ran across that picture last night..."

Sitting in a hotel lobby in Rio's Barra neighborhood, Las Vegas' Mike Fields stares at a picture of his younger self, holding his toddler son Connor.

"Raising a child is an amazing journey. I saw that picture it reminded me, for all the frustrations there are incredible blessings," said Mike.

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Blessings, in the form of a boy. Las Vegas' own Connor fields is in Rio going for the gold in the sport of BMX.

Thursday are Connor's qualifying events. Friday, Connor could win Gold.

Connor Fields has overcome great odds on his road to Rio. After being on the winning podium over and over dotting the globe, Connor shattered bones in his hand. He endured surgery that took hours.

"When we went through surgery he was really down really in dark place," said Mike.

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But father and son rallied for Rio.

"He’s still my biggest supporter. He's a major part of this experience. I decided that if I'm going to do this, I'm going to bet on myself and I am going to compete to win. Once I got back out there I had to trust that I wouldn't fall again. I decided to bet on myself," said Connor.

Now, full circle, Connor's dad Mike says his son is his teacher.

"It’s kind of awe-inspiring to learn lessons from you own son, you know. That was a full circle moment this morning," said Mike.

Does Connor Fields know his dad loves him? Mike Fields answers, resolutely:

"Oh yeah. Connor knows I have his back, that I would take a bullet for him. There’s no question that is out of bounds. I love him with all of my heart."

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