(AP file photo/Jon Super)

The pink scar that winds from the bottom of Connor Fields’ left hand and past his wrist serves as a reminder of the injury that derailed a promising BMX season.

It didn’t stop him from returning to the Summer Olympics, though.

The U.S. BMX team arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Friday with a roster chock full of contenders, with Fields leading the way. While the hand he hurt in the spring isn’t fully healed, Fields said it feels well enough to do whatever he needs to do on the bike.

He’ll wear a specially designed brace when practice starts on Monday. It allows just enough range of motion to allow the 23-year-old Fields to move the handlebars around a course with lots of twists and bumpy hills.

“They said adversity makes you stronger,” Fields said Friday. “Not to get too cheesy, but I think that kind of helped me out in that case.”