Yesterday we sat down with Vicki Golden to gain some insight on the newest member and first female athlete of the Metal Mulisha team.
The two time X Games gold medalist gave us a little taste of what it’s like to be a part of the Metal Mulisha and how it feels to ride with the most talented group of freestyle athletes. Check out what Vicki had to say below.
Mulisha Maidens: How did you get involved in motocross?
VG: I started riding when I was seven. My brother was into racing, and I looked up to him so much that I always had to do everything he did. That being said, when he started getting bikes and getting into racing, I had to get involved too. I bugged my parents all year for a bike, and that Christmas, I ended up getting a little Honda xr50.
Mulisha Maidens: Did you get into racing right away?
VG: Yeah I did. After I got my bike, things just took off and I started riding and racing locally. There was a track near my house in San Diego that had a mini track for kids to race on, so I did a lot of racing on that, and then as I moved on bigger bikes, I began racing larger tracks.
Mulisha Maidens: What are your biggest racing accomplishments thus far?
VG: My first big accomplishment came in 2008 when I won my first amateur title at the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National. After that, I earned the opportunity to ride for factory Geico Honda in 2009. That was my first year racing as a pro in the WMX, so getting that factory ride was a huge accomplishment for me. Another big accomplishment came in 2011 when I qualified for a main event in the Amsoil Arenacross series. Finally, I would have to say my two X Games Gold Medals.
Mulisha Maidens: How did you get involved with the Metal Mulisha?
VG: I was never really that involved in the freestyle aspect of the moto industry. Late in 2011, I met Matt Buyten, and he completely opened my eyes to the world of freestyle along with Ronnie Faisst. I started hanging out with him and quickly realized how awesome all of the freestyle guys are. All of that kind of carried over and I ended up meeting Link (Larry Linkogle), who got me involved with the Metal Mulisha.
Mulisha Maidens: So you are officially the first female athlete to be apart of the Metal Mulisha. How does it feel?
VG: It’s definitely interesting! I get along really well with everyone on the team. I’ve been riding and hanging out with the Mulisha guys for over a year now, so it’s an awesome feeling to officially be a part of the Mulisha. Link really stepped up huge for me and it was very uplifting to have someone of his statute want to support me and help me out. Things came together really well with the team, thanks to Link, and I’m thankful to have the Metal Mulisha’s support going into X Games this summer.
VG: Well I would definitely say that my riding style fits the Metal Mulisha pretty well. I’m not scared to hit the big jumps and I can man up and get it done just like the guys. In addition, I’ve always been one to speak the truth, whether it’s good or bad, which kind of ties in with the Metal Mulisha lifestyle.
Mulisha Maidens: Do you think that the Metal Mulisha should incorporate more female athletes in the future?
VG: I think that would be cool, but there are only a few girls who can ride a dirt bike at that level, so it may be difficult to add other female athletes to the team.
Mulisha Maidens: What’s next in the life of Vicki Golden?
VG: I actually just signed up to race Mammoth. I’m going to take my 450 up and race the Mammoth against the guys. After that, I’m going to come back home and continue practicing Supercross to get ready for X Games.