How did you get into BMX and how long have you been riding? My brother started when my mom saw an ad for a BMX track opening, I went to watch and this lady came up to me and said that I should try it, and that there aren't enough girls in this sport. Ever since that day, I've never given up on this sport I loved for 15 years
Tell us about your worst accident: My worst was back in 2012 at the UCI World Cup Action, also being my first time racing super cross. It had bigger jumps, and a 3 story start hill. All of my practice laps were great, but I was not as confident going into the race as I was in practice. I don't remember anything from the moment I went up to the gate for my first race until 3 days later when I woke up in the hospital not knowing what happened. My mom came in and told me what happened, she showed me a video of my crash. I made it down the start hill and bailed right into the front side of the 30 foot double. I was knocked out and not breathing for a few minutes. I was having seizures my mom told me. My injuries were a grade 4 lacerated liver, an internal bleeding that was close to killing me and a broken wrist. 2 weeks later I got out of the hospital to return home to Calgary.
What’s life like since your accident, recovery, riding and all: I was told by my doctor it would take at least a year for me to heal. After my accident, I wasn't able to eat for at least 3 weeks until I ate my first crumb - I lost so much weight. When I got back from the hospital, all I could do was sleep and watch movies for a few weeks and being bored at home wishing I was riding. I left for Las Vegas, NV where I normally go to train for the winter, but this time it was to recover. The weather was of course 100 times better compared to Canada and all I wanted to do was ride my bike. I rode my park bike around slowly and when I got my cast off, I started riding skate parks and tracks, but I just didn't feel like the same rider I was. Until this day I'm still having problems, physically and mentally but everyday I'm striving to get better on my bike:)
Who are your inspirations? The elite men, I've always wanted to ride like one of the guys. Fearless, strong and skilled.
Who would be your dream sponsor and why? I already have my dream sponsor; 2 cycle Michael's. They're always there for me like a second family and that's what a sponsor should be, a supporter.
Brett Downs wants to know: In most other types of cycling, women have different set up on their bikes. Do you do anything different to make the bike fit and perform better for you?
Yes, I add a extra small spacer to my stem which has helped me with my jumping, manualing and gates
What’s your plan in the next 5 years? Keep riding and getting better, make it to more races and hopefully be at the Olympics in 2016
Thank you’s: My family, my friends, David hickman, god, 2 cycle Michael's, everyone who supports me and Magnolia for this interview!