Tarah Gieger

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Tarah Gieger
Tarah Gieger.jpg
Gieger in 2011
Personal information
Born (1985-09-18) September 18, 1985 (age 28)
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 135 pounds (61 kg)
Sport
Country  Puerto Rico
Sport Motocross

Tarah Gieger (born September 18, 1985 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican female professional motocross racer.[1][2][3]

Early years[edit]

Gieger's parents moved to Puerto Rico from Florida, where they established a surf shop.[4][5] Gieger began practicing surfing, but she switched to motorcycles when she was 10 years old.[6] She began riding them in the mountains of San Sebastián where crowds gather to practice.[5]

Professional career[edit]

In 2003, Gieger began racing professionally.[1][7] Gieger won Loretta Lynn AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship titles in 2004, 2006, and 2007.[8] Also in 2007, she became the first female racer ever to compete in the Motocross des Nations.[3][7] In 2008, Gieger won the first women's supercross event at the X Games XIV.[1][2][7]

The following year, a broken wrist prevented Gieger from being among the medalists of the X Games. On March 2010, she joined the Troy Lee Design/Lucas Oil/Honda motocross racing team.[7] After that, she won the silver medal at the women's supercross event at the X Games for two years in a row (2010 and 2011).[9]

In 2013, Gieger finished fourth in the Ford Women's Enduro X Final at the X Games Barcelona.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c ESPN profile of Tarah Gieger
  2. ^ a b Athlete.com profile of Tarah Gieger
  3. ^ a b Cooler interview with Tarah Gieger
  4. ^ etnies sponsor profile of Tarah Gieger
  5. ^ a b Piñeiro, Noel (July 27, 2011). "El destino de Tarah Gieger". El Nuevo Día. 
  6. ^ Troy Lee Designs sponsor profile and brief interview of Tarah Gieger
  7. ^ a b c d "Tarah Gieger Joins TLD/Lucas Oil/Honda Team", Motorcycle-USA.com
  8. ^ Loretta Lynn Amateur National Championship Hall of Fame
  9. ^ "Tarah Gieger Bio". Motorsports. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ Ford Women's Enduro X Results