10 questions for local freestyle BMX star Nikita Ducarroz

Seventeen-year-old Nikita Ducarroz is one of the top female freestyle BMX competitors in the world. Last year, she landed her first backflip and is thought to be the only girl living in California to do so in competition.  If the name Ducarroz sounds familiar, Nikita’s mother is Nicole Abate Ducarroz, a longtime trustee of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District board.

Why BMX?  

“As long as I can remember I’ve always loved jumping my bike off of anything I could find, but when I was about 14, I finally decided I wanted to buy myself a BMX bike (pretty much out of the blue) and that’s when it all began.

“The BMX community is one of the best things to ever happen to me. You make friends from all over the country (even the world) when you go to contests.  Even though we are competing against each other, if a friend beats you, there is no bad sportsmanship or angry parents, we are all happy for each other.

“I get bored really easily and with BMX that’s not an option as there is always something new to learn or something to improve on.”

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