Ashley Fiolek Garth Milan/Red Bull Photofiles

Adversity is something that Red Bull motocross athlete Ashley Fiolek has never let stand in her way. The now 20-year-old Florida native first hit the professional women’s motocross scene in 2008, bringing new light to the series and a potential threat to her competitors, all while not being able to hear a single engine roar.

Ashley would soon become the youngest women’s motocross champion while also being the first woman to receive a factory ride, joining the American Honda squad in 2009.

Off the racetrack, Fiolek became an ambassador for women’s action sports, and more importantly a hero and leader to thousands in the deaf community. Extremely active within the community, Ashley regularly visits schools for the deaf to meet with young people, and even puts on riding shows for her new fans on occasion. Fiolek has shown so many with disadvantages just like hers that any obstacle can be tackled.

With her unique success story, Ashley was recently honored at the 2010 Courage in Sports Awards for her accomplishments in action sports and charitable work within the deaf community. The program is known for highlighting athletes who show tremendous courage to overcome adversity in their respected discipline. Fiolek received the award alongside former USC football player Stafon Johnson and NBA Hall of Famer Dave Bing on CBS Sports on November 14.

“This is just amazing to be honored with such a prestigious award among these great athletes,” signed Fiolek. “This award is another dream come true, and I could not believe it when they told me I would be honored here today.”

 

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