BMX racing is a family affair
to turn professional and become a downhill world champion.
Sophia watched her younger brother racing and decided to get involved in the sport herself, switching over from gymnastics and track.
“I love competition and started to like BMX more and more as I got into it,” she said.
She has been competing on the national level for the past three years, and has placed first in the state, the district and, in November, she won the 13-year-old age group with her GT Speed Series 20-inch bicycle. The points she had accumulated throughout 2012 also gave her the title of National #1 Amateur Girl.
“BMX has given me a sense of accomplishment,” she said. “Now, I just want to become better in the sport because everybody else is getting better.”
Sophia trains four to five days a week in hopes of competing in the world championships next year and ultimately, the 2020 Olympics.
“As a parent, I love that BMX has taught my kids discipline, working hard to succeed, disappointment, good sportsmanship and how to balance school work,” Ashli Foresta said. “It could be anything you do to help teach them that. For us, it happens to be biking.”