Sports Illustrated traveled to Bingham High in Utah on Wednesday, March 9, to recognize February selection Sophia Foresta as the SI High School Athlete of the Month, presented by the U.S. Marine Corps.
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Sophia was honored in front of her classmates at an all-school assembly on Wednesday. Pictured from left to right are: World Cup BMX champion, 2012 Olympic qualifier and Team USA Olympic Junior Development coach, Arielle Martin; Sophia Foresta; SI’s High School Athlete of the Month editor Ali Fenwick and SSgt Virak Keo of the U.S. Marine Corps.
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Sophia was featured in the Feb. 29 issue of Sports Illustrated.
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Sophia signs a copy of her issue of SI for a friend.
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Bingham High students pose for the “cover” of Sports Illustrated at the event to honor their classmate, Sophia Foresta.
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Sophia smiles with Arielle Martin, another Utah-bred woman in the competitive world of BMX racing. Martin is a former World Cup champion and a 2012 Olympic qualifier.
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A Bingham student takes the U.S. Marine Corps’ pull-up bar challenge as SSgt Virak Keo looks on.
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Sophia poses with Tiff Dodge, her American Sign Language teacher at Bingham High. Sophia was inspired to learn ASL after encountering deaf young aspiring riders at the track where she teaches BMX clinics last year.
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Sophia is interviewed by a local television news crew about her selection as SI’s High School Athlete of the Month for February.
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Sophia walks arm-in-arm with her Olympic Junior Development coach, Arielle Martin, who surprised her at the event. Sophia, who is too young to compete at Rio in 2016, aspires to reach the Olympics in 2020.
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