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Ashley Fiolek: 'Just Part of the Plan'

Ashley Fiolek is not only making waves as a female rider in the male dominated sport of motocross, but she's doing it without the ability to hear. Read Transcript


Reporter: 20-YEAR-OLD

ASHLEY FIOLEK IS ONE OF THE

WOMEN'S MOTOCROSS.

THE FIRST FEMALE RIDER

FOR THE HONDA FACTORY TEAM,

SHE BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN

EVER TO WIN IN 2008 AND

2009.

AND SHE WON THE GOLD IN THE

"X" GAMES MOTO "X."

AND BECAME THE FIRST FEMALE

TO APPEAR ON THE COVER OF

THE TRANS MOTOCROSS

MAGAZINE.

WITH ALL OF HER

ACCOMPLISHMENTS, YOU WOULD

NEVER KNOW SHE WAS

PROFOUNDLY DEAF SINCE

BIRTH.

WAS THERE ANY TIME YOU

SAID, LORD, WHY ME OR BE

ANGRY BECAUSE YOU WERE DEAF.

NO.

NOT EVEN ONCE.

I KNOW GOD MADE ME THIS

WAY.

THE REST OF MY FAMILY IS

HEARING AND I'M DEAF, BUT I

THINK IT IS KIND OF COOL.

NOPE.

I THINK IT IS KIND OF

AWESOME I'M DEAF.

IT IS JUST PART OF THE

PLAN.

I NEVER EVEN WANTED TO

HEAR.

IT IS JUST WHO I AM.

Reporter: ASHLEY

STARTED RIDING WHEN SHE WAS

THREE YEARS OLD.

SHE SEEMED FEARLESS, BUT IT

WASN'T UNTIL SHE BECAME A

CHRISTIAN A FEW YEARS LATER

THAT SHE REALLY UNDERSTOOD

WHERE TRUE COURAGE COMES

FROM.

MOTO COURTHOU MOTOCROSS

IS A DANGEROUS SPORT.

I WOULDN'T EVEN LEAVE THE

TRACK UNLESS GOD WAS WITH

ME.

Reporter: FOR MOST,

RIDING A MOTORCYCLE DEPENDS

GREATLY ON WHAT YOU HEAR.

BECAUSE ASHLEY WAS DEAF, SHE

COULDN'T HEAR THE GEAR SHIFT

AND HAD TO DEPEND ON WHAT

SHE FELT.

MY MOM AND DAD JUST TRIED

TO GIVE CONFIDENCE TO ME,

AND WE JUST KEPT PRACTICING,

AND I WAS REALLY

FRUSTRATED.

AND THEN GOD WAS TELLING ME,

YOU CAN DO THIS.

YOU CAN WORK THROUGH IT.

AND MY DAD WORKED WITH ME.

AND I FEEL THE ENGINE NOW.

THAT'S HOW I SHIFT.

Reporter: ASHLEY SAYS

BEING DEAF PALES COMPARED TO

BEING A WOMAN IN MOTOCROSS.

BEING A WOMAN IN THIS

SPORT IS HARD, ACTUALLY

WORSE THAN BEING DEAFER.

DEAF.

IT IS A MALE-DOMINATED

SPORT.

I JUST WANTED TO HELP THE

OTHER GIRLS.

I WANTED TO RAISE OUR SPORT

TO A DIFFERENT LEVEL.

Reporter: NOW ASHLEY

CONTINUES TO TURN HEADS WITH

AMAZEMENT.

SHE HAS ALSO WRITTEN A BOOK

ENTITLED "KICKING UP DIRT, A

TRUE STORY OF DETERMINATION,

DEAFNESS, AND DARING."

AND SHE SAYS WHEN SHE IS ON

THE TRACK, IT IS HER

PLATFORM TO SHOW OFF THE

SOURCE OF HER COURAGE.

I'M JUST VERY THANKFUL

THAT GOD HAS GIVEN ME THE

SKILL AND TALENT.

JESUS AND GOD, THIS IS THE

REASON WHY I'M HERE.

THIS IS THE GOALS AND THINGS

THEY'VE GIVEN ME THROUGH

MOTOCROSS AND ME BEING

DEAF.

HE MEANS EVERYTHING TO ME.

I WOULDN'T BE HERE AND DOING

WHAT I DO WITHOUT HIM.

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