Ashley Fiolek

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Lights, Camera, Actress

When I worked on the SuperDeafy movie I met a lot of great people. One of them was the director and she was very nice! She said I had a natural talent for acting. She asked if I ever wanted to work with her again if something came up. Of course I said, “Yes.” Acting is a lot of ...
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No More Red Eyes

In my last column, I wrote about a difficult flight experience. Well, the bad luck seems to be following me! Recently, I needed to travel back east from California for an event. I was asked to give a speech at the University of Vermont for Deaf Awareness Week. I felt honored and excited about the opportunity. When I received ...
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Worth the Flight Delay

My dad and I were approached by Red Bull and other companies to take part in a remake of the famous motorcycle film, On Any Sunday. We were excited. The movie was supposed to show my dad and I riding together and having a good time, which is how I first got started in the sport of dirt biking. ...
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Kickin’ up Dirt

When I first started as a professional motocross racer about five years ago, women used to have to park outside the racing area. Later, when they started to include us in the sport, we were able to move in and park where the men parked. Initially, women didn’t get any TV coverage, but then highlights of our events were ...
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From Pigging Out to Nutrition Classes

Right now, not much racing is happening, so I’ve been doing different things to keep myself busy. Over Easter, my family wanted to see me, so they bought me a plane ticket to come home to Florida for a few days. I had a great visit, spending time with family, going to church and enjoying a huge Easter dinner. ...
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Balancing Work and Play

Recently I did interviews with CNN and Fitness magazine, where the same topic kept coming up: How do I balance work and play? That’s a good question, and I answer it differently than when I first started racing. Back when I was 7 years old, Mom and Dad took care of everything for me. They planned all the races ...
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A Concussion Tests Her Ability

I just wrapped up my last season racing the WMX (Women’s Motocross) Outdoor National series. We had eight rounds of racing and our last race of the season was held at a track in Lake Elsinore, CA. At the beginning of the year, I announced that this would be my last season racing in this particular series, so I ...
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Switched at Conan

This year I have learned to expect the unexpected with my career. I was asked to be a part of two amazing adventures that I never could have imagined as a professional motocross racer. First, my mom received an email from the casting director of Switched at Birth, who asked if I could stop by their office to do ...
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When CNN Came Calling

I was recently featured on two different CNN shows: Breakthrough Women and Road Warriors. If someone has a request for me to do a photo shoot, a video or some kind of press, it usually goes through my mom. Red Bull, Honda and all of my big sponsors know to contact either mom or dad, and then one of ...
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Sending 2012 Out With a Bang

During the crazy Christmas and New Year’s rush, I still found time to head out to California to do a photo shoot for Alpinestars. They flew us in to Zaca Station in Los Olivos, CA, about an hour northwest of Santa Barbara. When Chris from Alpinestars picked me up from the airport, he was trying to drive, make eye ...
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PT II — More With The Teen Motocrosser

With her riding skills and a slew of wins, Ashley Fiolek is bringing women’s motocross racing out of the shadows and into the spotlight. At 18, she’s well on her way to changing the face and deepening the pockets of her growing sport. The first woman to ever grace the cover of the industry-popular Transworld Motocross magazine, she’s won ...
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The Wind Beneath Her Wheels

Lately everyone has been asking me the same questions over and over, so I thought I would bring them up in this column, in case ABILITY readers are wondering the same things. I keep getting asked about my bike set up, because I’m smaller than the average rider. People want to know how I communicate with my hearing mechanic. ...
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Making the Move

My big move. I just started a new adventure. I moved from my home in St. Augustine, Florida, to California. I travel back and forth so much because most of the motocross industry is in Southern California and most of my friends are here, too, so I decided it was time to head west. Off and on, I’ve been ...
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Ashley Fiolek — Teaching the Next Generation of Riders

Last year an ex-pro motocross racer, Stefy Bau, approached me about doing a training program/TV show in conjunction with sponsor Italy Red Bull. I thought it would be a lot of fun to meet new girl riders and to hang out in Italy. The short TV show was called Red Bull Moto Chix. The idea was to bring in ...
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Ashley Fiolek — Befriends Noora, an Iranian Racer

Last year, my mom and I read a newspaper article about Noora Moghaddas, who had just won a championship race in Iran, and was asked what her dreams were. One of them, she said, was to come to America to meet me, and possibly to race with me. She had read about some of my accomplishments, along with my ...
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Ashley Fiolek — Teen MotoCrosser Zooms Ahead

    Because she’s deaf…she never heard people tell her it was impossible,” said Jim Fiolek as he stood alongside the motocross track in Lake Elsinore, CA, watching his daughter, Ashley, ride. And yet, something tells us that it wouldn’t have slowed her down even if she had heard. By the age of 17, Ashley had already won 13 ...
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Ashley’s Column — Spring in My Step

Spring is here, and even though my season has yet to start, I have been very busy! During this time of year, I am mostly dedicated to starting my new training sessions. But this year I’ve also been working on a Red Bull commercial that will debut in April. I can’t really say too much about it (it’s “top ...
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Ashley’s Column — International Language of Pizza

Hello everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself before I start on my first column for ABILITY Magazine. My name is Ashley Fiolek, I am 18 years old, I was born deaf and I live in St. Augustine, Florida. I am a women’s professional motocross racer, and I race the WMA (which is a series of races here in ...