This Saturday the sporty spotlight shines bright on seventeen-year-old off road dirt bike racer, Emily ‘Em’ Winters. Check out Emily’s interview below where she shares what it’s like to beat the boys, her nicknames, a secret wish, and much, much more.
Sport(s): Off-Road dirt bike racing
Hometown: Bend, Oregon
High School: Crook County High School
What’s your fave sport?
My favorite sport is Off-Road dirt bike racing. I race Grand-Prix(GP) and Cross-Country(XC). GP is on a track, not as technical or difficult as XC and has a higher speed average. XC is more of trail racing, not on a track, and it is much more technical and difficult than GP’s.
How many years have you been playing your fave sport?
I have been riding by myself for 10 years. But I have been racing for nearly two years.
What was your fave sporty moment or memory?
My favorite racing moment was when I won my first race in the 200B class. Which is a class full of men/boys, I am the only girl. So I was very proud of myself for that accomplishment.
What was the biggest lesson you’ve learned from playing your sport?
I have learned to be humble and not be a boaster and not brag. I let my riding show my skill and determination. If I were to brag about how well I thought I was, then I wasn’t able to prove it, people would think I was a liar.
What lessons have you learned about work ethic from your sport?
The biggest thing I have learned is that it takes A LOT of determination and dedication to stick with racing. If I were to walk away, then I would be quitting. And quitters never win.
What have you learned about teamwork?
Teamwork is the key point to racing. If everyone does their job, then the whole team gets credit for a win. Teamwork helps make everyone’s work easy.
How do you balance school and sports?
I consider myself a student athlete. School is very important. I try to pay attention in school so that I don’t have to work as hard when I’m not in school, which leaves more time for racing and training.
List some awards or accolades you’ve received.
I am the 2008 OMRA Women’s Cross-Country Champion.
Soon to be 2009 OMRA 200B Cross-Country Champ
and 2009 OMRA 200B Grand-Prix Champ!
Who’s your fave athlete, both male and female?
Shane Watts and Ashley Fiolek are my two favorite athletes. I have met them both and they are both extremely nice and are exceptional at racing and riding. I admire both of them.
Do you have any nicknames? If so, what are they?
Well, I have a couple. Em is one of my nicknames because it’s my name shortened. Also, I have been ‘named’ Killer and Lil Miss Holeshot (LMHS). Killer is because at a couple races I ‘killed’ the competition, and LMHS because I usually get the holeshot!
What’s the girliest thing you like to do? (Pretty Tough signature question)
I LOVE shopping, dancing and hanging out with my girls! Even though I seem like a tomboy, I love getting my hair and makeup done. I love shopping for dresses and trying them on. Sometimes I wish I was a model.
Thanks, Emily! Very impressive awards and I love your nicknames. Best of luck with your amazing career.
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