Olympic medalist Nikita Ducarroz home for the holidays
By Leslie Vaughn
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months, you know that this past July 31, Nikita Ducarroz, representing Switzerland, won the bronze medal in women’s BMX freestyle cycling at the Tokyo Olympics. She also was the silver medalist at the World Championship in France and the gold medalist at the European BMX Championships in Moscow. These achievements have catapulted her to #1 worldwide in her field.
Part of the Mongoose and Red Bull Teams, Ducarroz also is passionate about Mind Tricks, the organization she and Patrick Kelly cofounded in an effort to address the lack of conversation around mental health in the action sports world.
Born in France to a Swiss father and an American mother, the family moved to Glen Ellen when she was just 3 months old. A gifted athlete, Nikita grew up an avid soccer player in Sonoma Valley and spent most of her summers in Geneva. At around 11 years old, she began suffering from serious anxiety attacks that left her feeling isolated at home. She came across a YouTube BMX video that shed light on a way to break free from the isolation. She saved for a bike and began riding in her driveway and then the local skatepark, and on ramps build by her dad. After graduating high school, she moved to San Diego; then in 2020, she moved to North Carolina, near an indoor park, allowing her to ride practically non-stop, pushing her limits and increasing her tricks. From local events to the national arena, Ducarrez is now on to worldwide competitions. Ducarroz is a champion on so many levels!
On Saturday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m., in front of Sonoma City Hall, Sonoma Mayor Jack Ding will honor Ducarroz with a proclamation. Ducarroz and Wedemeijer will answer questions and sign autographs. Starting at 1:15 p.m. that day, venture outside and wave to her as she passes through the community on her way to Sonoma. Devils Darlin’s Classic Car club will host a procession and chauffeur Ducarroz and her entourage to the Sonoma Plaza “horseshoe” in front of City Hall. A map of the Classic Car Cruise will be available prior to the event. Mark your calendar — we have a hero coming home!