Los Angeles, CA – 2008 Women's Motocross Association Champion and leader of the 2009 WMX Championship, Ashley Fiolek has been nominated for an ESPN ESPY Award. Ashley is one of four nominees for the award of Best Female Action Sports Athlete.
The Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports performances for the prior calendar year. The 18-year-old female, deaf motocross champion faces snowboarding's Torah Bright, skiing's Sarah Burke and surfing's Maya Gabeira for the prestigious award.
"I found out I was nominated just last night and I was so pumped," remarked Ashley. "I am up against some tough action sports women. I am proud to represent the sport of motocross for the award."
The Female Action Sports ESPY will go to the athlete with the most online votes from fans. All fans of Ashley and motocross are encouraged to vote at www.ESPYS.tv. The awards will be presented Wednesday evening, July 15, at a show hosted by Samuel L. Jackson in downtown Los Angeles. The event will be broadcast Sunday, July 19 at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN.
About Ashley Fiolek
Born profoundly deaf, Ashley began riding and racing motorcycles at age seven and worked her way up the amateur motocross ranks. In 2004, at the age of 13, she won her first national championship at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn's. Between 2005 and 2007 she went on to win 12 more national championships and more than 100 races.
2008 marked Ashley's first full season as a professional and she competed in select world championship rounds in Europe and won the AMA/ WMA Women's Professional Motocross Championship. Ashley is proudly supported by: American Honda, Red Bull, T-Mobile Sidekick, Alpinestars, Leatt Brace, Vans, Rockwell Watches, Moto Endurance, Airoh and Smith. For more information about Ashley, see: www.ashleyfiolek.com.