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19. Jolene Van Vugt

Photograph By Brett Wilhelm/ESPN

Stuntwoman. Motocross champion. Television star. World record holder. Those are just some of the words to describe the varied and multitalented Jolene Van Vugt. Once her parents convinced her to take motorcycling seriously at 14 years old, she never looked back. Throughout her racing career she raced many of the most prestigious events, but it was her work on the MTV show "Nitro Circus" since 2006 for which she is best known. In 2008, Guinness Book of World Records certified her as the first woman to backflip a dirtbike and the longest female backflip when she went ramp-to-ramp at a Nitro Circus demo.