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Just by watching, I almost had to call my chiropractor

July 30, 2010

I’m sitting here watching the Women’s Super X Final  in X Games 16 getting ready to start in Los Angeles.

As I watch an overview of the course, a few things run through my mind:

  1. How the heck do they get all of that dirt into the LA Coliseum? A quick google tells me that it takes three million shovels of dirt to prepare the LA Coliseum for X Games 16.
  2. What are they going to do with all of that dirt when they’re done? Mr. Google had no answers and if you know, please leave a comment below because inquiring minds want to know.
  3. Surely if they can construct these impressive hills and jumps, even turning the seating area in the Coliseum into a dirt-covered ramp, then I should be able to do something more creative with a mole hill in my backyard.

 

So the gate drops and the women take-off – flying through the air and bouncing over hills with so many bone-jarring landings that I feel the need to schedule a visit to the chiropractor from just watching them.

And then at the end, 19-year-old Ashley Fiolek takes first place – for the second consecutive year.

She takes off all the protective gear, grabs the world’s largest size can of Red Bull that I’ve ever seen, and gets ready to begin her interview with the ESPN reporter about just winning the race – only she doesn’t say a word. Instead, her father starts using sign language to translate the reporter’s questions and then interpreting Ashley’s signed responses. Ashley is profoundly deaf, and has been since birth.

If you’re not familiar with Ashley’s background, here are some factoids about her that I’m quoting from the Honda Powersports website:

1. She’s the defending 2009 AMA/WMA Women’s Motocross Champion.
2. She’s the first woman to ever be on the Honda Red Bull factory MX team.
3. In 2009. Ashley was looking to wrap up the series when, while running in second place, she crashed and broke her collarbone. And this wasn’t just a crack—the X-rays would show a big break and a substantial bone displacement. This would have sidelined any rider, but Ashley remounted and continued over jumps, ruts and whoops to finish seventh, saying later: “When I crashed, I knew I had to get back up and keep going,” commented the bandaged Ashley after the race. “I was in a lot of pain, but I couldn’t let my team or fans down.”

Wow! What an inspiring series of accomplishments and I’m sure the best is yet to come for this young woman.

So congratulations to Ashley Fiolek with the 2010 Honda Red Bull Racing Team for winning the Women’s Super X Final.

And if you too are watching the games and thinking the rush of the wind would feel good but maybe not with all the bumps and bruises, then don’t forget to join us on our very non-X-Game, leisurely ride to the Ozarks on September 19th. To read  my post about  our Dave Mungenast Motorsports Customer Appreciation Ride to the Lake, click here

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