When it comes to high adrenaline sports, most of the attention is focused on the male athletes who can be seen spinning in the air with their skateboards or wresting a mud-filled 4x4 from a waist deep mud-hole. Some people may be surprised that under those helmets, suits and protective gear there are women getting their daily dose of adrenaline rush. While women can still be found competing in tennis and golf, there is a brave new front of athletes forging their way into the men's territory searching for their claim to fame. It is all about pitting the human body with extreme conditions and experiences in order to capture the thrill of accomplishment.
On Two Wheels
She was not allowed to participate in the 2008 Olympics because she was only 17, and 19 was the minimum age. That did not deter her in her quest to dominate the sport. She spent the next year competing in BMX races, gymnastics and track and field events. Her desire to compete at a higher level drove her to continue her training. Although she has suffered physical injuries, and she dropped out of college to pursue her BMX career, she has achieved the title of U.S.A. Champion Cyclist more than once. Her spirit has helped her to overcome injuries and setbacks to maintain her devotion to being one of the best BMX cyclists throughout the world.
In the Snow
The challenge does not always lie with extreme conditions. Most often, the challenge lies within the human spirit.
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