BMX World Championships bring in international athletes, Winthrop students help translate

- The BMX World Championships are officially underway in Rock Hill. They bring in athletes from across the globe to compete.

Many of the athletes - and those going to watch - speak another language. Winthrop students are stepping up to help bridge the language gap.

We heard people speaking Spanish, French. One of the women selling tickets even heard Japanese.

"We had to do the entire exchange by pointing. That was interesting," said Kiley Majette who is studying international business at Winthrop University.

She doesn't speak Japanese, but she does speak Spanish.

"They're very thankful that I can help them in Spanish. They're grateful for it so it's really nice to do," said Majette.

Interpreters are all over the place at the BMX in Rock Hill. Camila Brito Ynoa spends her time in the medical tent.

"Any time a kid gets hurt we bring them in. Just scrapes mainly. Nothing major yet so that's good," Ynoa said.

Ynoa is from the Dominican Republic. She is majoring in French with a minor in business. This will be her fourth year at Winthrop. She speaks three languages which come in handy at the track.

"They're always really glad that there's someone there to help them. It's hard if you don't know some terms in another language and you're coming here and something's wrong and you can't explain it,” she said.

The BMX World Championships go through Saturday.

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