CARSON, Calif. -- In her much-anticipated X Games debut, motocross teen sensation Ashley Fiolek didn't disappoint.
Fiolek, who has been deaf since birth, took first place in Women's Moto X Super X on Saturday night.
"X Games are a big deal for women and anyone in action sports," said Fiolek through her translator and father Jim. "So
to come here and do this well, I'm very excited."
The 18-year-old Fiolek's debut was delayed after an injury forced her to withdraw from last year's games. She made up for it
with a strong performance in what was the highest billing a women's X Games event has received on ESPN.
"Last year I was really bummed, I wanted to come here and do good," Fiolek said. "This year I was really motivated. I came out
here and had a great race."
After not getting out of the gate particularly well, Fiolek worked her way into second place. She spent the remainder of the
race locked in a matchup with Jessica Patterson for the top spot.
On the second turn of the final lap, she made her move, overtaking her competitor and not looking back. Fiolek crossed the
finish line in 372.47 with her left fist pumping through the air.
"I knew it was white flag, I knew I had to hurry," Fiolek said. "I got out front and just wanted to stay steady."
Patterson came across in 375.83 and Elizabeth Bash finished third at 397.32.