Ricky Carmichael - Tell Your Daughter That I'm Flattered

by Colbi King
(Tallahassee FL. USA)

I had to write an essay about someone who I would like to one day meet. I didn't have to think hard about this one considering Ricky is my idol and hero! If you could somehow have him see this, it would mean the world to me!!

I know there are a lot of people out there like me when it comes to fans, but there is only One Ricky Carmichael!

He’s known all around the world for what he has managed to do on the track under pressure. Me? I’m known throughout my house for wrecking every time while on the track.

I have been one of Ricky Carmichael’s biggest fans since the young age of eight. For those of you who don’t know him, he was once a professional Motocross and Supercross racer for over 10 years. Some of his many career highlights have been his 2007-2009 Gold medal winnings in the X games, and over 5 AMA Supercross Championships.

I know so much about him, but yet have never met him. If I had the opportunity to just talk to him for one single hour, I know that I would come out of the conversation as not only a better rider, but a better person as well.

I would ask him simple questions at first, like “When you ride, do you shut everyone and everything else out and just think about the now, like me? Or do you have to focus on what the press said about you after your last race?”. But I would eventually ask more life concerning questions. I would ask “How did you never once let all of this fame and fortune get inside of your head?” Well, at least not that I saw. "And how you never let all of this pride get the best of you? And how through all the years, you always seemed rooted and in control of who you are?"

You never once let someone tell you that you couldn’t do something. I know that a lot of famous people aren’t always who they seem to be after meeting with them, but I know that this isn’t the case when it comes to Ricky.

At the age of 12, I got a little dog who I named Ricky Carmichael (not much of a surprise). Well, my dad went to take Ricky to get his hair cut in Tallahassee (where the real Ricky Carmichael lives). My dad had my dog bag in the car and had to stop by the gas station, and wouldn’t you know, there’s Motocross legend Ricky Carmichael getting gas! My dad explained how I was a huge fan of his and told him how I had even named my dog after him. My dad went on to ask if he would sign my dog bag. Now I’m sure Ricky had better things to do that day besides talking to some random Man about how much his daughter looked up and appreciated him. Without hesitation, he signed my dog bag and said “Tell your daughter that I am flattered.” As a fan, I don’t think he has any clue how much that small gesture meant, and still means to me this day! I would be honored to have a single moment with the one they call The G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time).

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