Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service
Incredible athlete, role model & father leaves legacy of inspiration.
Within sport, certain athletes are revered not only for their accomplishments but also for their strength of character. Kevin Robinson sits high in their ranks, a man who drove himself to achieve grand heights but took equal joy from helping those around him realise their own potential. Sadly, he suffered a sudden stroke and passed away on December 9, 2017, at just 45 years old. There won’t be another like him.
Growing up, ‘K-Rob’ discovered BMX riding and decided quickly that he was going to make a difference in the sport. Setting the tone for the rest of his life, he dedicated himself to making that dream happen, conquering every setback armed with the knowledge that he would never give up.
He went on to become one of the most prominent pros of the BMX vert scene, earning four X Games gold medals and setting the world-record BMX high air in 2008 in New York’s Central Park (photo below). One of the many highlights in his career happened at the 2006 X Games when he won the inaugural BMX Big Air competition as well as Vert Best Trick by landing the first-ever double flair, a feat that wouldn’t be duplicated by another rider for nine years.
K-Rob was an inspiration far beyond the achievements on his BMX resume however, and that’s why he is so fondly remembered. He always pushed forward. He built his life on a bedrock of perseverance and he made sure that foundation was big enough to also support anyone he met who had a dream, a struggle, a desire to change, a longing to improve. The list of lives he touched within BMX is long, but the ranks of those he played some kind of mentoring role to in general life seems to have no end.
Through the K-Rob Foundation (founded in 2010), he and wife Robin have worked to transform the lives of young people in his native East Providence, Rhode Island. The foundation helped establish a safe, local skate park and strives to make athletics available to all children who want to take part. Through speaking engagements, Kevin instilled the importance of setting goals and working through adversity to achieve them, no doubt inspiring all who heard his words.
Recent social media posts reveal the many BMX riders grateful for the role K-Rob played in their careers and their personal lives, and consistently remind us of his boundless heart and infectious, ever-present smile. Robinson joined the Red Bull family in 2002 and left an indelible mark and unforgettable influence. Our thoughts are now with Robin, their three children and the rest of his friends and family.