Ashley Fiolek, Retired Pro Motocross Racer
"Girls can do anything, no matter what."
Ashley won the Women’s Motocross Championship in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012. She has been deaf since birth, and began racing at the age of 7. She is the X Games’ first deaf medalist (gold in Women’s Moto X Super X) and the youngest-ever Women's Motocross Association champion.
"I think it is more difficult for women to get sponsored/paid to race than boys. With the guys you know that their next step is becoming a pro and racing all of the pro races and being on TV, ads, magazines, etc. With the women it is done differently, and the progression is not as clear as boys, so I think sponsors don't look at it the same way. I think this is changing though, and I do think this whole process will continue to change and evolve with the girls, hopefully for the better."
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