Whether it's the rev of their bikes telling them when to shift, or the rumble of riders approaching from behind, most motocross athletes rely on hearing to help them race. Ashley Fiolek doesn't have that luxury. She was born deaf, but that hasn't stopped her from pushing boundaries.
Fiolek fell in love with racing when she was just 3 years old. In her first year riding professionally she won the WMA championship proving that she's one of the fastest motocross racers in the world.
Here she talks about why she loves riding, the advantages of racing deaf and why she believes that "anything is possible."
What do you like most about riding motocross?
I'm very competitive so I like to win! Actually I love the way I feel when I'm riding and racing--that's why I do it.
What are some of your proudest accomplishments?
I was the first female racer to be asked to join the American Honda/Red Bull team--that was definitely a proud moment. Also winning the WMA championship in my rookie year, and winning a gold medal at X Games.
Do you feel like you are at a disadvantage when racing?
There are both disadvantages and advantages to being a deaf racer so it all kind of washes out.
What is one of the advantages?
I can't hear if someone is coming up behind me or if anyone is talking negatively so I don't feel that pressure.
What advice do you have for kids who want to go pro?
Believe in yourself and never give up. Always give 100 percent. Whatever hard work you put in, it will all be worth it! There are always new possibilities just around the corner. Anything is possible with God and your family and friends by your side.
Learn more about Ashley Fiolek in her recently published book, Kicking Up Dirt.