Vicki Golden’s unique combination of talent, grit, and relentless work
ethic sets her apart from other riders. Her determination has led her
to break gender barriers in the sport while also accomplishing things
no other motocross athlete – male or female – has ever done before.
Growing up near San Diego, California, Golden honed her riding skills
in the rough hills near her hometown. By practicing on unpredictable,
natural terrain rather than manicured tracks, Golden was able to gain
more confidence and control over the bike than most riders her age.
This experience proved invaluable as Golden shot up the amateur ranks,
winning the women’s division at the coveted Loretta Lynn Amateur
National Championship and turning pro the same year. From there,
Golden lived up to her name by securing not one or two but three
consecutive X Games Women’s Moto X Racing gold medals.
In addition to her domination of the women’s division, she was also
the first woman to compete in a freestyle Moto X competition at the X
Games. She took home the bronze medal for Best Whip, beating out most
of the best men in the sport.
But Golden continued to break barriers when she became the first woman
to qualify for an AMA Arenacross Main Event and the Monster Energy
Supercross night program.
As a freestyle rider, she wows audiences across the world in arenas
and video exhibitions. In 2019, she bested Evel Knievel’s world record
run by smashing through 13 flaming wooden walls on live television. In
her video for the 2020 X Games Real Moto competition, she became the
first woman to land a no-hands front flip.