ASHLEY FIOLEK INSPIRES ME

blog012009Photo courtesy of Transworld Motocross.

Supercross season is in full swing now and after three weeks of competition there have been some interesting developments. That’s not what this RANT is about… but Supercross does indirectly inspire it. You see, this time of year I read a lot about off road riding and I came across a story not long ago that is worth bringing to my little spotlight.

Most people aren’t aware that there is a Women’s Motocross Association. Yes, girls can race dirt bikes too… and they are darn good at it! But one of these pro racers stands out to me. Not so much for her many accomplishments on the track… but more for the inspiration her life is.

Ashley Fiolek started riding when she was 7 years old. In 2004 she won the 9-13 class on her 85cc Honda at Loretta Lynn’s… the most prestigious amateur event in the nation… and by the time she was 17, she had earned the 2008 WMA Pro National Championship. But all of these accomplishments are magnified when you find out that Ashley is profoundly deaf. Imagine racing at a pro level without being able to hear your bike… relying purely on feel. It is an amazing and completely inspirational story. In life so many times we are prone to say “I can’t” but obviously Ashley has not let her circumstances dictate what she can and can’t do. I applaud her and now consider myself a HUGE Ashley Fiolek fan! Check the video below from RedBull… and you can visit Ashley’s website by CLICKING HERE.

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One response

  1. What is an amazing story about Ashley. I thought the sign language was an awesome touch to her page. She is bound to inspire other young people to break out of their comfort zone and go for what they desire. I had a very small amount of experience riding dirt bikes as a kid myself. My Dad used to take us along on family geared motorcycle rallies and we kids would have event games designed for us. Oh, the good ol’ days. Thank you for spotlighting this awesome young lady! Ride on!

    January 21, 2009 at 5:50 AM

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