Molly Simpson stands on a BMX track and hoists the Canadian flag overhead.Leah Hennel/COC
Leah Hennel/COC

Molly Simpson

Biography

  • Won bronze in the women’s U23 category at the 2022 UCI World Championships
  • Finished 11th in the elite category at the 2023 UCI World Championships
  • Won her first UCI World Cup elite medal in October 2021; captured bronze in Sakarya, Turkey the first time she ever raced in an elite final at a World Cup  
  • Won silver at the 2023 Pan American Championships
  • Finished in the top-five in the first four World Cup races of 2023; earned back-to-back fourth place finishes in Sakarya followed by back-to-back fifth place finishes in Papendal
  • Had been an alternate to the Olympic team for Tokyo 2020
  • Reached the quarterfinals of the junior division in her first world championship appearance in 2019
  • Raced in the elite division at the world championships for the first time in 2021
  • Suffered a serious infection after having her wisdom teeth removed in late November 2022; ended up undergoing two more surgeries and spent a week in the ICU which included several days on a ventilator and feeding tube    

A Little More About Molly

Getting into the Sport: Started BMX racing at age 10… Would always drive past a BMX track and wanted to try it like her cousins… Bought a racing bike the first day she tried it… Loves the adrenaline rush and the competitive drive to be fastest on the track and the challenge to have no fear… Outside Interests: Enjoys doing crossfit and snowboarding in the off-season… Would like to become a firefighter after her BMX career… Odds and Ends: Looks up to Colombia’s two-time Olympic champion Mariana Pajon for her humbleness and kindness… Keeps a small good luck Buddha in her helmet bag… Favourite motto: “Here and now”..