the local level, then at the national level, and finally on the world stage as one of the best BMX riders.
Ready for the World Championships?
In early 2020, before the Olympics, Nikita realized she needed to improve her skills to be among the world's elite. She began riding at a park in North Carolina, where she trained with the best riders in the world, which proved to be the key to her success. She decided to move to North Carolina full-time. Her commitment paid off with a bronze medal at the games. Her hard work will truly come to show at this year's season highlight, The Urban Cycling World Championships in Abu Dhabi, where the 26-year-old will compete in the Park discipline. With several podium finishes at UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup events since 2016, a second place at the 2021 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Championships, and a third at the Olympics, the Swiss-American Ducarroz is undoubtedly a favorite for the top spot. Nikita is often asked at major events whether she is still struggling with health problems. "Yes, my panic attacks are not a thing of the past. But they have improved a lot over the years," she comments confidently.
Her MindTricks platform
Just as Ducarroz found many years ago, a video helped her overcome her mental health challenges. She now wants to help others do the same. With this in mind, she and her friend Patrick Kelly created the Instagram account MindTricks. MindTricks is aimed at athletes from the world of action sports and beyond and is a judgment-free platform meant to discuss mental health challenges. Nikita hopes that her story and the discussion on the posts will encourage others to share their own mental health struggles while being inspired and connected to other athletes going through tough times. The ultimate goal is for individuals to realize that they are not alone and can overcome anything.
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