Deaf Motocross FTW!
Fiolek, a petite 19 year old Floridian is currenly campaigning for her third consecutive WMA title, replacing five-time champion Jessica Patterson as the sport’s premier athlete. She’s also co-written the book “Kicking Up Dirt: A True Story of Determination, Deafness and Daring,” available here on Amazon.com.
You can read more on this remarkable racer in this GrindTV article. The article goes on to talk about her childhood in the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and her parents life altering decision to take her out of the school for homeschooling instead. And you can read about how men in motocross feel about one day maybe having to contend with Fiolek on the track themselves.
Thomas, Pete. “Ashley Fiolek Overcomes Deafness to Excel as One of Motocross Racing’s Elite.” The GrindTV Blog. GrindTV, 1 June 2010. Web.