This Saturday the sporty spotlight shines bright on motocross rider, Lori Garcia. Check out Lori’s interview below where she shares tips on balance, maintaining a positive attitude, and much, much more. Plus, check out Lori’s amazing action shot.
Sport(s): Motocross/Hill climbing
Hometown: Dixon, CA
High School/Middle School/College: Dixon High, Senior - Class of 2010
Ride: 2005 KX100
What’s your fave sport?
Motocross is definitely my favorite sport for sure! Hands down! Haha.
How many years have you been racing?
Well, I have been riding for 8 years now but, I’ve only been racing competitively for 6 years and I love it!
What was your fave sporty moment or memory?
My favorite memory that I have from racing would be the year that I won 1st place for the first time. It was a year after I had began racing hill climbs, I was only 13 years old and even though I there were only three girls in the class I was competing in, I was the only one to actually make it over the hill, giving me 1st overall. So it was a very exciting moment for me and I will never forget it!
What was the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your sport?
The biggest lesson I have learned from my sport would be that you must always have a positive attitude no matter what. It’s a MUST, to be confident in yourself whenever you throw your leg over a dirt bike, it just makes things a whole lot easier; because if you go out there with negativity, it won’t do you any good when you’re riding. So just always be confident in yourself and you will be good to go out there! And if you don’t do good at one race, don’t let that bring you down, ’cause just remember, there will always be other races.
What lessons have you learned about work ethic from your sport?
That you must have a lot of dedication and you have to work extremely hard to get to where you want to be in this sport. You have to give it your all whenever you’re racing or just out there practicing because in the end, it will all pay off!
How do you balance school and sports?
Well, I’m first going to start off by saying this, the rules in my house are that if you don’t get good grades in school, you can’t ride or race. So with me, since I am a senior now I get out of school at 12:00pm pretty much everyday; I come home do all of my homework and make time to go out and practice on weekends, since Saturday and Sunday are the only days that we can make a two hour drive out to the riding park where my brother and I can get some practice in on hills. On race weekends, if, I have homework I have to take it along with me and finish it in the toy hauler before I can go out and hang out with my friends or ride. For me though, it’s not as difficult as other athletes to balance school and sports since most of my races are on weekends.
List some results or awards you have received.
#1 Plate for getting 1st place overall in the 2008 Skip's Promotions California Amateur hill climb points series, girls 16 & under 85cc "b" division
#1 Plate for getting 1st overall in the 2006 California AMA Amateur hill climb points series, girls 16 & under 85cc "C"
Some of my 2009 results:
1st place- Skip's Promotions at Carnegie California Amateur hill climb series, round 1, women’s 100-125cc "b" division- March 2009
1st place- Skip's Promotions at Carnegie California Amateur hill climb series, round 2, women’s 100-125cc "b" division- April 2009
2nd place- Skip's Promotions at Carnegie California Amateur hill climb series, round 2, 125cc stock "b" division- April 2009
Who’s your fave athlete, both male and female?
Male: Ronnie Faisst, I love him!
Female: Ashley Fiolek, she’s awesome and I look up to her so much!
What’s the girliest thing you like to do? (Pretty Tough signature question)
The girliest think thing that I like to do would probably be getting my nails done. Haha! I love having my nails done.
Thanks, Lori!! Congratulations on all your awards and accomplishments. Best of luck with your career. :)
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