Kicking Up Dirt: A True Story of Determination, Deafness, and Daring

Kicking Up Dirt: A True Story of Determination, Deafness, and Daring

by Ashley Fiolek, Caroline Ryder

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Overview

At nineteen, Ashley Fiolek is already the top female competitor in a tough men's sport: motocross, a form of off-road motorcycle racing that is one of the most competitive and dangerous extreme sports in the world. Since going pro in late 2007, Fiolek has taken gold at the X Games, won the American Women's Motocross Championship twice, and become the first woman in American motocross history to be signed to a factory team—the highest echelon of industry backing.

But Fiolek's rise has not come without obstacles. Fiolek was born profoundly deaf, a handicap that makes everyday life difficult—and competition on the track downright dangerous. Originally misdiagnosed as "mildly retarded," she was a painfully shy and introverted child—until her parents introduced her to the world of dirt bikes, which helped her escape the silence in her head and connect with others who shared her passion. She began racing at seven, and as her successes grew through hard work and no small number of broken bones, so did her confidence.

Fiolek has never believed her disability should stand in the way of her dreams. Nor has she allowed her gender to limit her career—motocross historically has been a men's sport, but with the love and support of her dirt-obsessed family, including her "Grandpa Motorcycle," her little brother, Kicker, and her dogs, Turbo and Rocco, Ashley has emerged as one of the sport's most talked-about stars, changing the way the entire industry views women. Armed with her extraordinary talent, contagious grin, and deep faith in God, Fiolek continues to venture into unknown territory, relentlessly pushing herself—and women's motocross—to ever-greater heights.

Kicking Up Dirt is a remarkable, inspiring tale of a young woman's courage and determination to succeed in the face of truly challenging obstacles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061946479
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Pages: 191
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ashley Fiolek is the premier female motocross racer in the world. She writes a monthly column, "Silence," in Transworld magazine and has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, and other publications. Fiolek lives in Jacksonville, Florida, but travels the world to compete.

What People are Saying About This

Marlee Matlin

“Ashley Fiolek’s incredible story perfectly embodies the adage ‘the only thing that deaf people can’t do is hear.’ Fiolek is an inspiration to anyone who has a barrier to overcome. My hands are waving in the air, and I’m screaming for her; this book should not be missed.”

Travis Pastrana

“Ashley Fiolek’s not just good at motocross for a girl…she’s flat-out good. She is a tough, confident, competitive racer who has overcome enough in her life to know that nothing is impossible.”

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Kicking up Dirt 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story about determination and never giving up! I love this book very much!! Another book I recomend is Soul Surfer written by Bethany Hamilton
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Im really into motocross and ashley is a true hero and inspiration to all riders out there!
TristianMize77 More than 1 year ago
I love it, Ashley is my hero. I am not deaf, but I do have deaf friends, therefore; I don't talk much. I use sign language more thanks to my amazing friends. :) Ashley is what inspired me to learn SL, and get into motocross. Just a girl living her dream. Taylor Higgins for example; when I met her, that's how we comminucated. Although she talks. Haha. I love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book
Colleen Harris More than 1 year ago
I love it,ashley rocks
Johnny Sedovyy More than 1 year ago
Cool book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Determination at its Best I read Ashley Fiolek’s Kicking Up Dirt: A True Story of Determination, Deafness, and Daring. It was about Ashley’s life growing up deaf and wanting to ride motocross. Her family never knew she was deaf until she was three. This discovery turned their whole world around. She still had the desire to ride like her dad and grandpa. Hearing is a very important quality to have when riding, especially learning how to ride. Fiolek, not being able to hear, had an extra challenge learning how to ride. She had to learn how to feel the bike and know when to shift gears. Through many breaks and bruises, Ashley Fiolek learned how to ride, to become one of the top female racers of motocross. This book is a great story with a theme of determination. She knew what she wanted, and she didn’t let anyone or anything get in her way. While reading the book, determination was always in my mind. She didn’t let go or change the theme of determination. Determination is one big quality Fiolek needed to get her to where she is now. I really liked this book because it’s like I meet her. Her personality shines throughout the book. Her journey of learning to ride and the amount of detail she provides feels like I was right there with her. Throughout the book, she has different factual information about motocross, including flag colors and meanings, motocross jargon, and the differences between bikes. One other like was she wrote about the struggle of being a girl wanting to ride motocross. She put in details on how she bypassed being a girl while signing up to race. She including the work put in to start Women’s Motocross Association (WMA). One dislike I have is the book was an easy read. I was expecting a more challenging read. I feel like she could have added a more information to expand on her story. She didn’t have a lot of information about why she did want to ride motocross. For anyone needing inspiration or help to overcome a challenge should definitely read this book. For someone who does not know anything about motocross, and wants to learn about it, I recommend reading this book. There are many details about the sport. For anyone who does not like motocross, I recommend not reading this book. If you liked Kicking Up Dirt, I recommend reading Wide Open by Jeremy McGrath, Mind of a Demon: A Memoir of Motocross, Madness, and the Metal Mulisha by Larry Linkogle, and The Big Jump: The Tao of Travis Pastrana by Travis Pastrana. The overall rating I give this book is 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. This book is one of my favorites now.
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Great book! Ashley is amazing!
kawasaki_801 More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. It was a good book because it showed heart and leadership;] My favorite part was how she was a very good dirt bike rider and she was a girl. She was even deaf. It could have been longer. She was at the doctors This book was overall very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It cept me in to it i loved it
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