22-year-old American Ashley Fiolek is a two-time X Games gold medallist - in 2009 and 2010 she triumphed in Women's Moto X Super X. However, she was knocked unconscious after crashing in practice during the 2011 X Games, and was unable to compete in the main event that year. She again sat out the X Games in 2012 due to injury.
In 2008 she had become the Women’s Motocross Association champion, dethroning five-time WMA champion Jessica Patterson to become the youngest ever winner of the title. Ashley won again in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her triumph in 2012 came despite missing a month of the season following a serious crash in which she suffered concussion and a fractured tailbone.
Fiolek was born in Dearborn, Michigan and has been profoundly deaf since birth. She was given her first bike, a Yamaha PW50, at the age of three by her racer Dad, and she began competing four years later. She is now based in St. Augustine, Florida and is continuing to push the boundaries - she was the first female motocross racer to grace the cover of the famous Transworld Motocross magazine in 2008, and a year later she became the first female to be signed to the Honda Red Bull Racing factory team.
Talent, dedication and ambition have allowed Ashley to prosper in a male-dominated sport. Her story - of achieving such unbelievable success despite her physical disability - is a heartwarming one, and it has pushed her and her sport into the mainstream.
- Age: 23
- Height: 1.57m
- Weight: 48kg
- Nationality: USA