Author: Isaac Harron/Chad Matthus
Where the journey began:
In 2012, watching the London Olympics. Le' Sean Merritt was my idol and seeing him in action in 2012 gave me the confidence to be an Olympic
Hardest obstacle to overcome:
Hamstring injuries put a hindrance on reaching my full capability while at tiffin over my three year career
Most enjoyable aspect of becoming an Olympian: the journey has been the most memorable aspect of becoming an Olympian. From two schools during my collegiate career, to being a small town kid from Steubenville. All of this has been a memorable journey
Was it an easy transition from track to skeleton: this was something I have been training for my whole life. The transition between track and field and skeleton was rather seamless because of the similarities in training styles.
How does Ja'Quan relax: being able to catching up with friends in family while home. Playing Xbox is my favorite thing because it allows me to put my mind at ease from track and field for a second.
What was your favorite thing about being at the Olympic training facility : the competition. The competition created a monster within myself that I needed to tap into in order to be the best athlete I could possibly be. The competitiveness also creates a very strong bond between all of the athletes competing because we're striving for the same goal .
What would it mean to you to be able to represent your country at the highest level?
It would mean that all of the hard work and dedication paid off and he would feel like nothing could stop him. The most meaningful aspect to him his bringing home the gold medal.
What motivates you to work so hard?
He keeps in mind the people who have had their doubts about him and his capabilities of making it to where he is now, and where he wants to be.
What did you do to prepare for your first trip to Utah?
Waking up at 5:30 for two weeks straight to get his mind and body in the right shape to take on the workload he was going to see in Utah.
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Q: How did you get the name "The Cougar?"
A: The story about “the cougar” is actually pretty funny. About 4 years ago I was at a race in Alabama. +30 was on the line with college boy, the boy to my left was racing college boy and he told me good luck and that he had never raced a female in the college boy class and I told him not to worry I wasn’t racing his class. Him and his dad got super confused and were like the only other class is vet +30 and started to ask if I got my motos mixed up. I started laughing and was like no I’m racing +30 and the boy goes “ damn then you’re a cougar!” Lmao . The story didn’t stop there, two weeks later I was at a race in Illinois and same gate scenario except we were on the line with schoolboy 1 and the kid next to says you can’t ride a
4 stroke in this class. I told him I was racing the vet class and I’ll never forget his response “HOLY SHIT YOU'RE THE COUGAR !!!!”....from then on it just stuck. Ironically I love big cats; tigers, lions, jaguars, cougars etc. My left arm is a full sleeve of big cats and I have 3 more lion tattoos . If the shoe fits.
Q: How long have you been fighting fires?
A: I have been a firefighter/EMT for over 12 years. I spent the last 10 years on the same department but I’m transitioning out of full time emergency services and on to new things .
Q: What are your Moto goals for 2019?
A: My moto goals for 2019 are the same as every year. TO HAVE A BLAST AND MEET AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE!!! I'm all about having fun!
My greatest life accomplishment is definitely the fact that I never gave up on myself or my dreams. I encourage others to do the same.
Q: Greatest life accomplishment, and also greatest Moto accomplishment?
A: There are things I’ve accomplished in moto that I’ve always dreamed of; collecting tickets to Loretta’s and also winning a title at Freestone are for sure big achievements for me but my greatest moto accomplishment is, even given my age and very late start, I continue to drive forward and try to improve every time I ride. I set goals for every ride and achieving those goals consistently is bar far my greatest accomplishment in moto.
Just wanted to take a second to thank Tina for taking the time to do a little Q/A session, and also say thank you for everything you do to make your community safe!
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Q: Tell everyone about yourself, and some of your greatest moments at WVU?
A: Hello for the ones that don’t know me or much about me my name is Noel Devine. I’m 30 years old a father of five. Desirae is my oldest, she is 13. She plays travel softball year round and plays the middle school sports volleyball, track, and basketball. Andre is 13, he plays football, baseball, and track. Destyni is 11, she runs track and made junior Olympics two years. Noel Devine 3rd, he’s 6 years old and he plays football, baseball, and track. And baby Noah will find his identity chasing after his siblings trying to keep up. My Significant Other name is Candace.
One of my greatest moments in West Virginia was when I took the field my first game and the crowd stood up and gave me a standing ovation, clapping and cheering excited to see if the hype was real about Devine.
Q: How much does it mean to you to be back in the great state of West Virginia and playing for such a successful organization as the West Virginia Roughriders?
A: Coming back to the great state of West Virginia is a great opportunity for me in a perfect situation with the best organization the Roughriders. It’s a great opportunity to play football back in front of the greatest fans in the world. I feel great about coming back to West Virginia. I’m looking forward to bringing the city out and showing everyone a good time watching the Roughriders.
Q: I know you started your own training company. Tell everyone a little about what DEVINESPEED is and what type of training they would get if they decided they wanted to get trained by DEVINESPEED?
A: I started DevineSpeed back at home in Fort Myers Florida in 2015. I enjoy training others - it’s all about the growth to me. The development of discipline, work ethic, drive and determination. Physical fitness pushing and challenging yourself to become better is the same in life. Work building champion characteristics into athletes so they have a strong foundation for life.
- Improves speed
-First Step Acceleration
If you train with me you should expect to work hard give 110%, these are college routine workouts that I’ve done before college or I learned after college, so it’s intense. You will get hands on experience. I’ll show you how to do the rep and tell you how to. You can expect to get faster quicker and stronger.
Q: What is your current 40 time? (FAN Q)
A: My current 40 time is 4.4.
If I joined DevineSpeed for a 6 week program I could reach a 4.3-maybe 4.2.
Q: Do you enjoy getting out in the community and giving back?
A: I'm a family man and I’m always doing something with my family, taking kids to practices and training kids. I like being in the community giving back my time and knowledge to the youth. Getting out in the community meeting people getting to know my surroundings is important to me.
Q: When will the fans expect to see you up here in Wheeling, WV?
A: Fans should expect to see me around Wheeling at the end of January!
Hey everyone, had a chance to talk with Greye Tate on his review of the FXR GEAR, and the Company because it is our team Gear starting in 2019 and hopefully continue for years to come. Here is a little Q&A we did with Greye. Hope you all enjoy! Thank you.
•How long have you been running FXR gear?
Exactly 2 years! I got it right before Mini O’s in 2016 and ever since then I’ve been extremely pleased!!
•How does it compare to other Gear Brands?
I honestly wouldn’t even compare it to other gear brands. The comfortability and quality are on another level from the gear I’ve worn in previous years.
•Is the company easy to work with?
The company is hands down one of the easiest companies I’ve dealt with in all the 15 years I’ve been riding/racing. Unlike other companies, it is very easy to contact them and get a quick response.
•Do they stay connected with their riders?
Yes, Andy White the brand manager flew out to Mini O’s to meet with many of the FXR athletes. I had the chance to talk with him for over an hour. Andy has so much knowledge in this industry; it was a pleasure to talk to him about it all!
•Is the gear comfortable to ride in?
I personally really like the Revo gear. It’s made of soft, stretchable, lightweight material made to fit perfect for the comfort of each rider. Not to mention, it’s extremely affordable when compared to other gear brands.
•How does it handle in the Summer months?
FXR has a gear-set called the Mission Air Mx made just for summer. It’s full-mesh polyester offers superior breathability!
•Is it a good quality gear?
It’s top quality gear to say the least. I was at a race in Pennsylvania that Travis Pastrana was holding and I fell on my footpeg which gave me one gnarly cut! I had to have 18 stitches put in my arm and guess what...my gear didn’t even rip! So like I said, it’s top quality
High Point 2018 was good as always, first moto I had a great start, then fell in the second corner. I think I was about 10th coming around the first lap..had some great battles with Brown and Brouder halfway through and charged my way back to 4th! Second moto I had a good start and was running 3rd, hit a little mud before the rollers and tipped over. Turns out 2 girls crashed right after I did so the two position I lost from falling, I gained right back. With 2 laps left Jordan Jarvis passed me and put me back to 4th for a 4-4/4th overall. Track and weather were perfect all day! It was good to be back racing on a national weekend
DOB: December 9, 1993
Hometown: Glidden, Wisconsin
Bike: KTM SX250
Sponsors: Bananza Plumbing, FMF, KTM, Father Backed Racing, Bell, Factory Connection, Motorex, Mika Metals, Works Connection, RD Designs, Speed Photography, Hinson, Pivot Works, DT1 Filters
Most professional women’s motocross riders come from California or Florida, states that allow riding all year long. Then there is Marissa Polencheck, a native from Wisconsin, who rode indoor tracks every winter to train instead of going south. Polencheck has held her pro-license since 2012 and has been living a gypsy motocross life since. From growing up in Wisconsin, to moving to Arizona for school, to Florida and California to train, it is hard to say where she wants to go next!
What got you started in racing?
I started riding and racing when I was 12. My friend had an xr80 that I rode and (I) fell in love with dirt bikes. My dad bought me one after seeing me ride it around our cabin, built us a track and we started attending local races.
In all of your travels, where has been your favorite place you have ridden?
My favorite place that I have ridden, oh man that is a very tough question! Redbud is always amazing, but there is a track in Brush, Colorado called Sweney Cycle Park. It has the best dirt in the world.
Since leaving Wisconsin what has been the biggest challenge with racing?
The biggest challenge with racing since I left Wisconsin is trying to make all of the races. Living in California now most of the WMX races are on the East Coast. Not being able to make a living off racing, we have to work too. It is hard to have a full time or even part time job, get the time off work, and travel across country to race.
Best travel memory from racing the WMX.
Best memory from racing has to be when Kylie Fasnacht and I traveled around the US in 2017 to race all of the WMX rounds. Her family was generous enough to let us take their motorhome and trailer across the country and hit all the rounds. We saw some cool places, got to see and stay with friends and family and made some darn good memories along the way.
Proudest moment from racing?
1000% when I got third at High Point in 2017 on Father’s Day. I could not have been happier to be on the podium for him on that day.
What is your training like?
My training is pretty simple; I love cardio and I love lifting weights. The details are a secret ;)
Goal for the season?
Goals for 2018 are to get more podiums, keep myself healthy and keep meeting great people!
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(PRO RACER) BRANDON HARTRANFT
Last week I had a chance to do a little Q/A with Brandon about his goals, favorite track, training, some accomplishments, and a few other topics that you can read below! I hop you enjoy, and make sure you click on the Instagram icon at the bottom to follow along with Brandon on his racing.
Hey it’s Brandon Hartranft I’m from brick, New Jersey. I’m 19 years old and I race professional motocross/supercross. I started riding when I was three years old. First bike I had was a pw-50 with training wheels.
My goals for this year is to better myself for next year. I had a good supercross Season. So I’m just trying to carry that momentum into the outdoors.
I train in Charlotte North Carolina at cooper Webb’s place and in California. My favorite track is freestone. It’s gets deep ruts and really rough.
My tops three accomplishments. First one is when I won a title at Loretta's I’ll never forget that. Second is being able to race supercross and motocross. Third accomplishment is finishing top 10 in my rookie season of supercross.
When I’m not racing I’m normally like to go fishing, hanging out with my friends, going on the lake and going swimming.
I’d like to thank my Mom and Dad, Cycletrader rock river, Yamaha, 100%, Enzoracingkyb, Parts unlimited, Moose racing, Ridedunlop, Yoshimura, Hinson racing, Gytr, Roost Mx, Guts seat covers, Mika metals, Neversummersindurstries, Bell, Ethika, Christina denney, Cooper Webb, Garreth Swanepoel, Seth Rarick, Scott Rabon
Q: Tell everyone a little about yourself, and when you started riding?
A: Hi my name is Jae Min Lee ! Everyone called Jae! Or Mr. Chow! I am 26years old!
When I was 10 my dad raced and traveled a lot so I traveled with him. I watched my dad and his friends hit the jumps so I wanted to start hitting jump. So dad decided to get me a PW50.
Q: I have noticed you have won some Championships, tell us a little about your accomplishments?
A: I was Korean Champion and then I want to go big stage for racing. So I was been racing in New Zealand race. I have been training, and racing in the United State, and my dream is to Race Pro in the United State.
Q: What is the biggest difference between your tracks at home and the tracks here in the United States?
A: America track is fun and tough. Also very rough! But I like that! My country track is all smooth and not many tracks, so I have make my own track to make it as rough as the tracks in the America. Keep training ruts and rough!! We are many bowl corner and also hard pack dirt! But America tracks are really good dirt and fun tracks! (Really rough ) I love it!
Q: I have noticed you’ve spent some time over here training and racing. What are your goals for 2018?
A: I am really lucky Tony Alessi helped me a lot to be able to ride in the USA. Really thankful for that! I can training over there and look some fast rider and learning a lot ! Always learning ! My goals is race supercross next years for try first !! It's my dream!
Q:Will you be racing outdoors this year in the States?
A: It was, but we decided to learn supercross for a few years and than ready to race supercross is my plan.
Q: We all want to know what is your favorite food while you’re here in the states?
A: Dude America food is real good. I like Mexican food, Panda Express, Factory Pizza a lot. I cant eat a lot of it and continue to train at a high level. (We will leave out his actual answer! hahaha....)
I would like the thank JAE for taking the time to answer some of my questions. If you would like to follow JAE on Social Media just simply click on the Instagram link below. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!
We had a chance to do a little Q/A with the fast and very talented rider Brock Papi. This young man has a very bright future ahead of him. Without wasting anymore time lets dive into it!
Q: TELL EVERYONE A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF
A: I'm a very determined and an outgoing guy. I like to spend time with my friends, girlfriend, and of course family. I'm a workout junkie.
Q: AFTER WINNING LORETTA'S LAST YEAR IN THE 450B CLASS, HAS THAT OPENED ANY DOORS FOR YOU?
A: Winning Loretta's in the 450B Class was my amateur highlight. I've won a lot of amateur nationals but winning Loretta's was definitely icing on the cake. Winning Loretta's has got me more help over the past year.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR THREE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS?
A: My Three career highlights have been racing in Belgium for Team USA and winning as a team, winning Loretta's, and starting my PRO Career this year.
Q: WHERE ARE YOU DOING YOUR TRAINING AT THESE DAYS? ANY TRAINING FACILITIES, OR ARE YOU JUST DOING YOUR OWN THING?
A: I ride at a few Private tracks and Public tracks. I do my own workout program.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR 2018?
A: My Goals for this year is to get points every round in the 450 Pro Class, and get noticed to have an opportunity to race for a Factory Team. My debut will be at High Point.
I just want to thank Brock for taking the time to do a little Q/A with me, and i would like to with Brock the best! You can follow Brock on Instagram by simply clicking on the IG icon.
We had a chance to do a little Q/A with Jyire this morning via text message. So lets get right into it.
Q: TELL EVERYONE A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF?
A: My name is Jyire Mitchell, and I'm from Bermuda. I train at South of the Border, and Sunshine MX in Florida. I do go back home every three months. I race 250A and Open Pro Sport.
Q: DID I SEE YOU ON A BORROWED BIKE AT HIGH POINT LLAQ?
A: Yes, i used Ryan Schafer's 2006 Honda 250 at the area qualifiers because my bikes blew up and my dad wasn't able to get them fixed in time. High Point was fun with Stack in the A Classes.
Q: GOALS FOR 2018?
A: My goals for 2018 are to be on the box at Loretta's and pick up help from a team to go PRO.
Q: WHO ARE YOUR SPONSORS, AND/OR WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO THANK?
A: I would like to thank my parents, Fly Racing, Pod Knee, Ryan Shafer (SOBMX), Hoosier tires, VT Construction, H&S Construction, and Uncle Mike. I wouldn't be able to be in America or racing with the help of everyone who believes in me. Thank you!
SO NOW WE HAD A CHANCE TO HAVE A LITTLE FUN WITH THIS WRITE-UP SO WE ASKED JYIRE A QUESTION THAT MOST PEOPLE DONT KNOW ABOUT JYIRE.
Q: TELL US SOMETHING THAT NOT VERY MANY PEOPLE KNOWS ABOUT YOU?
A: NOT REALLY A TRUE SECRET BUT ONLY CLOSE PEOPLE TO ME KNOW THAT I QUIT MOTOCROSS IN 2010 TO PLAY SOCCOR. I REGRET IT, BUT IT MADE ME HUNGY TO WIN AGAIN!!
I ALSO HATE MY RIDING STYLE AND CRITIQUE MYSLEF IN PICTURES CONSTANTLY.
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