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Escondido Police Officers Adan Martinez and Austin Smith recently competed in the Downhill Mountain Cycling events at the United States Police and Fire Championships, held here in San Diego at the Black Mountain Open Space Preserve. Officer Martinez, the youngest competitor in the event, captured the gold medal in his age category. Officer Smith was awarded the silver medal in his age category.
Officer Martinez has been preparing for this opportunity to compete in the games for a long time. He spends countless hours on his bicycle every week including riding to and from work almost every day. Officer Smith is an accomplished downhill mountain bike racer.
The annual competition began in 1967 as the California Police Olympics. It expanded over the years to include current and retired firefighters and police officers from the Western United States. This was the first year the games were open to officers and firefighters from across the nation. The games include almost 50 team and individual sports.
San Diego County will host the games again in 2013 and 2014.
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