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

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Harper Collins, Apr 27, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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“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.”
—Marlee Matlin

“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.”
—Travis Pastrana, nine-time X Games gold medalist and host of Nitro Circus

Called “a crusader for gender equity in her sport” by the New York Times, 2008 Women’s Motocross Champion Ashley Fiolek’s inspiring memoir about her life-long deafness, her triumph over adversity, her rise to the top of her male-dominated extreme sport, and how her family and Christian faith helped her get there. Fans of motocross and extreme sports, as well as readers who enjoyed memoirs such as Bethany Hamilton’s Soul Surfer, will be inspired by Kicking Up Dirt.

 

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Contents

First Revs
1
The Gate Drops
17
Florida Dirt
35
Rude Pea
59
Acceleration
83
Going Pro
105
Hurry Up and Heal
129
Factory Girl
147
Summer of Reckoning
159
Checkered Flag
179
Weve Only Just Begun
189
Acknowledgments
193
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About the author (2010)

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.

Caroline Ryder has written for the Los Angeles Times, Paper, and Dazed and Confused, and lives in Los Angeles.

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