Reiss Nelson and Kye Whyte, both 23 years old, have been close friends since they were eight years old. The two spent countless hours riding their bikes around South London while growing up. Whyte, who won a silver medal in BMX at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, said that he always knew Nelson would reach the top. Nelson, an Arsenal forward, is known for his skills on the football field, but Whyte attests that he is also a talented biker.
The two friends used to ride all over London with no destination in mind. They would often ride to silly places, such as the South Bank, and back again. Although Nelson never did BMX as he was focused on football at the time, Whyte recalls that he had a couple of falls off his bike while doing a wheelie. Whyte always knew that Nelson was one of the best in South London, and everyone knew him at a young age for being so good at football.
Nelson has had to wait for his chance with Arsenal due to injury setbacks and loan spells with German outfit Hoffenheim and Holland’s Feyenoord. However, on Saturday, he wrote his name into Arsenal folklore with his 97th-minute winner for Mikel Arteta’s men as they came back from 2-0 down to beat Bournemouth 3-2. Nelson is now set to start in tonight’s Europa League last-16 first-leg clash against Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.
Whyte is full of admiration for his friend and will use him as a role model and inspiration as he targets gold at the 2024 Paris Games. Whyte, who appeared in last year’s Dancing on Ice series, is a Gunners fan and was ecstatic when Nelson scored the last-minute winner. He called Nelson’s cousin and brother, who were at the Emirates Stadium, and they were crying and shouting with joy.
Whyte believes that Nelson can go even further and become one of the best players in the Premier League. He feels that Nelson needs to be given the chance to show what he can do and prove himself. Nelson is known for being humble and level-headed, making sure that he is always on time for training. He keeps his personal life separate from his football life and does what needs to be done. As long as he is playing and scoring goals, Whyte is happy for him.
Whyte is inspired by Nelson’s success and hopes to achieve similar success in BMX. Although BMX does not offer the same amount of money as football, Whyte was impressed by Nelson’s house and wants to buy a similar one for himself and do the same things that Nelson has done for his family.
In conclusion, Reiss Nelson and Kye Whyte have been close friends since childhood and share a passion for biking. Whyte always knew that Nelson would reach the top, and he has proven himself with his recent success at Arsenal. Whyte looks up to Nelson as a role model and hopes to achieve similar success in BMX.