SPORT: Mountain Biking
In 2012, as a 15-year-old, Munoz won the Sun and Ski Texas Mountain Bike State Championship. Earlier this year, the freshman from Laredo, Texas, placed second in the 2013 USA Cycling Cross-Country MTB Nationals. He’s also the 2013 varsity boys’ state mountain bike champion. “He won most of our races by a solid two minutes,” says Vance McMurry, executive director of the Texas High School Mountain Bike League. “Jorge is one of those young men that you can see has the gift to be a professional athlete.”
Which is good, because that’s the path Munoz intends to go down, especially after being invited to USA Cycling’s development camp this summer at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. “I want to get faster, I want to go somewhere big in this sport, I want to make it to the professional league,” says Munoz, who’s been riding since age five.
In the meantime, though, he’s quite content having “as much fun as possible on the bike” and training up to 20 hours a week, depending on the time of year. And surprisingly, the Texas flatlander says his specialty is climbing. “There isn’t much climbing in Laredo—we’re only 400 feet above sea level—but I’m not too bad at it,” he admits. “There’s a lot of wind here, so when you’re going really hard, it’s a similar resistance.”