SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (Good4Utah)- Loud cheers could be heard Wednesday for Sophia Foresta, a well deserved two Time National BMX Champion. The local student was awarded Sports Illustrated High School Student Athlete of the Month and she happens to be a Miner at Bingham High School.
“It’s exciting! It feels really cool that my hard work is paying off, but at the same time it’s cool to have my family and all of them around me to be able to share it with me and it’s a group effort for all of my coaches and all my friends and family. It’s a group effort, we’re all winning this,” said Foresta.
Aside from being an elite athlete, it’s Sophia’s positive and upbeat attitude and unselfish acts that set her apart and caught the attention of Sports Illustrated.
“She’s really dedicated to teaching her sport to younger kids and when there were some deaf riders she wanted to be able to communicate–and when she was frustrated that she really couldn’t, that inspired her to take American Sign Language classes here at Bingham High School,” Ali Fenwick with Sports Illustrated said.
“So, just the fact she has that ability to put her self in someone else’s shoes in a real way that maybe a lot of teenagers don’t, and it really spoke volumes to us,” Fenwick said.
On top of being an extremely empathetic in person and competitive on the track she excels in the classroom as well, holding a 3.9 GPA.
“I want to do the best I can with my grades and the best I can in school for my future and I want to do the same thing in BMX. So, both of them just kind of feed off each other and I want to be the best I can be in whatever I’m doing,” said Foresta.
However, don’t be fooled, she may be all smiles off the track, but inside she’s called a pitbull.
“For sure so! I’ve got this mad face and everyone likes to talk about it and it’s pretty funny, but it just gets me in the zone and gets me focused.”
It’s that focus and determination she’s hopeful will lead her to Olympic gold in Tokyo in 2020.
For the complete article by Sports Illustrated click here.