Nikita Ducarroz will compete in the UCI BMX Freestyle World Championships next week in Abu Dhabi (UAE). While the Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist is considered a medal hope, her story of mental health gives hope to others. The daughter of a Swiss father and an American mother, Ducarroz enjoyed the benefits of dual citizenship and grew up in Northern California while spending summers with her grandparents in Geneva, Switzerland.
At the age of thirteen, Ducarroz began suffering from severe anxiety attacks, which led her to isolation within her own home.
"BMX helped me to overcome my fears"
It wasn't until she found a BMX video on YouTube that she began to break free from the isolation she felt. At first, she saved up for a bike and practiced in her driveway. Day by day, trick by trick, her love for the sport grew. Eventually, the sport led her to do something that scared her to death: she took the plunge and went to ride at her neighborhood skate park. By doing this, she took a step toward overcoming her anxiety and began her BMX career.
Nikita continued to work hard and build her skills. It wasn't long before she won competitions - first at
Name: Eric Cuiper Aka Barney Age: 40 years young Hometown: Hawthorne, California Hook-ups/Sponsors: Full Factory Distro
The FAT favorites list:
-Spot to ride: Anywhere with the homies -BMX video: BMX inferno, Nowhere fast and All day -Website: FATBMX and BMXfeed -Web video: Too many great ones to just pick one -Food: I love food -Person on Instagram: @_angelsc & @diegobravo666 -Travel destination: Japan, Germany, and of course BCN -Riders to ride with: Homies
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The FAT favorite list:
-Spot to ride: Wherever there’s Handrails and Box -BMX video: Bangkok Free Bird, Street Food Boys -Website: FATBMX, DigBmx, OurBmx -Web video: Dig -Food: All Street Foods -Person on Instagram: Nathan Williams -Travel destination: Germany, Italy, Netherlands -Riders to ride with: Nathan Williams, Dakota Roche -Car: Mazda BT50 Pro
Title of the book: The Power of Belief Author: Sarah Juggins / Bethany Shriever Date published: 12th September 2022 Pages: 272
When were you approached to do a book? Bethany Shriever: Start of the year!
How long was the thinking process before you decided to get to work on the book? Bethany Shriever: Not that long really, it’s not often you get offered the opportunity to write your own book about your journey in sport (so far).
Did you have things lined up and organized as far as photos were concerned? Bethany Shriever: We went through old photos my dad had kept on his computer from when I first started. The rest was fairly easy as there are some amazing photographers out there who get some great shots, like ProperCycling magazine and Navada BMX Photography.