It's incredibly difficult for anyone to qualify for a national event like the X-Games. It's even tougher to do so while battling an everpresent health condition like Type 1 diabetes.
Now imagine trying to do that while still working your way through high school and college. Incredibly, that's precisely what Nicole Madsen, a freshman at Taft College and recent graduate of Taft (Calif.) Union High, has achieved, with her debut at the X Games set to come in a matter of weeks.
As reported by Bakersfield ABC affiliate KERO, 19-year-old Nicole Madsen will debut in endurocross at the 2012 X Games, some three years after the teen turned professional in the sport while still an underclassman at Taft Union High. The youngster was first signed to a professional deal when the Warhawkmx team signed her to compete on the team's roster for the final two races of the 2009 LucasOil season while still a 16-year-old.
By that point, Madsen had already won World Off Road Championship Series Woman "B" and Woman "A" titles.
Throughout it all, Madsen overcome struggles with Type 1 diabetes that require her to wear an insulin pump during each race. At any stage, a major accident that damaged her in the area of her pump could have put her future in the sport in jeopardy and kept her from the pinnacle of women's motocross: The X-Games.
As of July 1, that won't be the case, with Madsen's initial race at the 2012 X-Games in L.A. televised on ESPN on July 1.