A Taft teen has qualified for the highest competition Motocross.
The 19-year-old woman will compete in Endurocross at the X Games. Nicole Madsen has been riding dirt bikes since she was a little girl.
She has Type 1 diabetes, but that hasn't stopped her from achieving her dreams.
"Its a dream come true. I trained my butt off hoping my hard work would pay off to make it there, but really I am still dreaming right now. It really hasn't clicked," Madsen said.
Nicole Madsen is in disbelief about qualifying for the X Games in LA in July.
But even though her head is in the clouds, her feet are planted firmly on the ground. She is enrolled at Taft College and holds a job at Randy's Trucking
all while fighting Type 1 diabetes and making it to the highest competition in her sport.
"I actually have an insulin pump and everything. I race with it on. I wear a strap that holds it," Madsen said.
Madsen will race at Staples Center in L.A. in July in the X Games Endurocross.
"You have to race through obstacles like logs water ponds boulders tires," Madsen said.
By finishing in the top 5 last week in Sacramento, Madsen qualified for the X Games.
"For women that is as high as you can go thats the big time," Madsen said.
Madsen says for women in the sport, its more about the guts than the glory.
"The money is not there. We are just there for the love of the sport. We are definitely not there for the money," Madsen said.
Madsen says she will hit the gym hard in the next few weeks to build up the physical endurance she says is needed to compete in Endurocross.
"I am ecstatic. I am beside myself. I cant even describe how excited and happy I am," Madsen said.
Madsen's race is scheduled to air on ESPN at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 1.
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