Jolene Van Vugt

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Jolene Van Vugt
Personal information
Full name Jolene Joanna Van Vugt
Nickname(s) Nitro Girl, Jo
Nationality Canadian
Born (1980-09-17) September 17, 1980 (age 33)
London, Ontario, Canada
Sport
Sport Motocross, supercross, freestyle motocross, sky diving

Jolene Van Vugt (born September 17, 1980 in London, Ontario, Canada) is the first CMRC Women’s Canadian Motocross National Champion, first female to backflip a full-sized dirt bike, holder of multiple Guinness World Records, and co-star of many motocross/stunt videos,[1] and currently appears in the television show Nitro Circus.

Biography[edit]

Born to Dutch immigrant parents Bill and Tina Van Vugt, youngest to sister Michelle and brother Billy, Van Vugt grew up heavily influenced by her father Bill, a young at heart avid motocross racer, while her mother wanted her to become a figure skater or a ballerina.[2] At the age of 11 Van Vugt convinced her father to buy her a dirt bike, after much debate about her commitment to her ever-changing hobbies.[1] At the age of 14 Van Vugt was given the ultimatum to either practice, race and take motocross seriously or give it up for good. Van Vugt chose to focus full-time on motocross and quickly rose to the top ranks of Canadian women’s motocross. Earning multiple Ontario Provincial Championships, a 9th place overall in the WMA (Women’s Motocross Association), earning her lifetime number 63. She also competed in many prestigious motocross events, such as the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National and the TransCan Canadian Amateur Grand National Championship.[1] From 2006 Van Vugt has been part of the television show Nitro Circus, originally a mini series broadcast by Fuel TV that became a full series broadcast by MTV in 2009. In 2012, she performed Catwoman's driving stunts in the film The Dark Knight Rises.

Career highlights[edit]

2003[3]
  • CMRC Ladies Ontario Provincial Champion
  • TransCan Canadian Grand National Championship, Walton Raceway, Ladies 2nd
  • CMX Canadian National Championship, Ladies 2nd
  • WML Pro National Binghamton, N.Y. Round 5, 16th
2004[3]
  • CMRC Ladies Ontario Provincial Champion
  • TransCan Canadian Grand National Championship, Walton Raceway, Ladies 2nd
  • CMX Ladies Canadian National Champion
  • WMA Pro National Monster Mtn. AL. Round 4, 7th
  • WMA Pro National Cohcoton, N.Y. Round 5, 7th
  • WMA Pro National Steel City, PA. Round 6, 7th
  • WMA Pro National Series 9th (Earning lifetime National #)
2005[3]
  • First woman to backflip a full-sized dirtbike, ramp to dirt
  • TransCan Canadian Grand National Championship, Walton Raceway, Ladies 2nd
  • CMRC Ladies Ontario Provincial, 3rd
  • WMA Pro National Glen Helen, CA. Round 1, 20th
  • WMA Pro National Hangtown, CA. Round 2, 31st
  • WMA Pro National ThunderValley, CO. Round 3, 15th
  • WMA Pro National Washogual, WA. Round 4, 8th
  • WMA Pro National Steel City, PA. Round 5, 11th
  • WMA Pro National Series 16th
2006[3]
  • CMRC Women's Canadian National Champion
  • Setting a female backflip distance record, 60 ft ramp to dirt
  • WMA Pro National Glen Helen, CA. Round 1, 16th
  • WMA Pro National Hangtown, CA. Round 2, 18th
  • Out for the remaining season due to surgery
2007[3]
  • CMRC Women's Canadian National Championship, 2nd
  • TransCan Canadian Grand National Championship, Walton Raceway, Ladies Champion
  • First Female to backflip a dirt bike into Grand Canyon
  • WMA Pro National Budds Creek, MD. Round 3, 15th
  • WMA Pro National Steel City, PA. Round 6, 13th
2008[3]
  • Guinness World Record for First Female to backflip a dirt bike
  • Guinness World Record for Longest Female backflip
  • CMRC Women's Canadian National Championship, 3rd
  • WMA Pro National Southwick, MA. Round 5, 11th
  • TransCan Canadian Grand National Championship, Walton Raceway, Ladies Champion
  • First Female to jump at MOD FMX show in Austria
2010[3]
  • First female to backflip full-sized dirt bike, ramp to ramp. Nitro Circus Live Brisbane Australia 7 May

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Biography jolenevanvugt.com Retrieved:2010-03-02
  2. ^ Nitro Circus' dirtiest girl takes her show on the virtual road in THQ's MX vs ATV Reflex. maxim.com Retrieved: 2010-02-03
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Career highlights jolenevanvugt.com Retrieved: 2010-03-02

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