Jolene Van Vugt: Early Life, Motocross, Accident & Net Worth

Jolene Vugt is a Canadian Motocross Champion who has achieved many awards and set many world records. She is the first woman to backflip a full-sized dirt bike.

Jolene has immense talent and passion for riding and traveling. She started riding as a little girl: at the age of eleven.

She has performed as a stuntwoman and appeared on different television shows like Nitro Circus throughout her lifetime. Joelene is also a holder of Guinness World Records.

Jolene Van Vugt with her dirt bike
Jolene Van Vugt on her dirt bike

In the article, we will be discussing the life of Joelene Van Vugt—her early life, personality, career, relationships, net worth, salary, social media, and more.

Stick around to know more about the life-journey of Joelene Van Vugt.

Quick Facts

Full Name Jolene Van Vugt
Date of Birth September 17, 1980
Birth Place London, Ontario, Canada
Nick Name Nitro Girl, Jo
Religion Not Available
Nationality Canadian
Ethnicity White
Education Not Available
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Father’s Name Bill Van Vugt
Mother’s Name Tina Van Vugt
Siblings Michelle Van Vugt
Billy Van Vugt
Age 41 Years Old
Height 5′ 8” (1.75 m)
Weight 64 kg
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Marital Status Single
Partner Not Available
Children No
Profession Stuntwoman, Racer
Race Number 63
Net Worth $2 million
Currently Works At Hollywood Stuntwoman, Polaris
Affiliations Nitro Circus
Active Since 2003
Website jolenevanvugt
Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Merch Nitro Circus, Action Figures
Last Update July, 2022

Jolene Van Vugt: Early Life

Joelene Van Vught was born on September 17, 1980, in London, Ontario, Canada, and she is the youngest of three siblings. She has an elder brother and sister.

Joelene was fond of biking and driving since her childhood. Her father, Bill Van Vugt, was also a motocross racer. He heavily inspired her.

Her elder brother, Billy Van Vught, was Joelene’s second source of inspiration, as he was also into motocross racing.

Joelene got her first-ever bike at the age of 11. During that time, she used to have many hobbies.

So at first, her father was not convinced when she said she wanted to ride a bike. But eventually, she was able to persuade him to buy her a bike.

Joelene was not serious about riding until the age of 14. She had a choice to get serious about it or give it up all over. Without a doubt, she chose to ride. Little did Joelene know, her choice would change her entire life.

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Jolene Van Vugt: Age, Height, and Personality

As of this writing, Joelene is 40 years old. Her horoscope is Virgo, as she was born on the seventeenth of September. She is a Canadian citizen, and her ethnicity is white.

Jelene’s height is 5 feet 8 inches (1.76 m). She weighs around 64 Kg (140 lbs). Considering her height, she has ideal weight.

Also, as she is a sportswoman, she is physically fit. Her exact diet and workout plans are unknown.

Joelene has blonde hair and blue eyes. Speaking of her personality, she has a large smile and a colorful personality. With a deep passion for traveling and riding, Joelene has a positive outlook on life.

Joelene, at an early age, decided that she would be different from other girls. Her choice to take riding as a career was not something that a normal fourteen-year-old girl would do.

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Jolene Van Vugt: Career

Motocross Career

Hard work, passion, and persistence—we need these to achieve success in life. Joelene had it all. With her hard work and passion for riding, she rose on top of the sport quickly.

Joelene started in the Canadian Women’s Motocross. She won multiple Ontario Provincial Championships. Her rank was 9th in the WMA (Women’s Motocross Association).

There, she was able to earn her lifetime number of 63.

Jolene Van Vugt
Jolene ready to race with her lifetime number 63

Joelene competed in multiple motocross events in Canada, like The Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National and The Walton Trans Can Canadian Amateur National.

She was able to win the women’s national championship in 2006 and became the first Canadian woman to do so.

Jolene Van Vugt’s Famous Backflip

One of her most outstanding accomplishments as a motocross rider is that she was the first female rider to backflip a full-sized motorcycle over a 60 feet ramp to dirt.

She did that in 2006, and in the same year, she had won the national championship.

#tbt Throwing my first backflip on my RM125 at Pastranaland Sept 2005 – Becoming the first female to land a full-size…

Posted by Jolene Van Vugt on Thursday, April 2, 2020

Joelene had learned her famous backflip from her friend Travis Pastrana, who is also a motocross rider and stunt performer.

He and Joelene had grown up together. They used to ride together, and they have also appeared on the TV series—Nitro Circus.

Travis is also the executive producer of Nitro Circus.

Jolene Van Vugt on Nitro Circus and Other Shows

Nitro Circus is a show that invites action sports performers to display their stunts and skills.

The performers in the show can also set/break records. When Jolene first appeared on the show, the number of viewers increased.

Jolene first appeared on Nitro Circus in 2006. She appeared regularly on the series and performed many stunts, including her famous backflips in freestyle motocross bike.

Being the first female performer to appear on the show, she was also known as “Nitro Girl.”

Jolene was the first female to participate in the asters of dirt freestyle show in Austria. Nitro Circus opened doors for many young talents. She makes sure that women in the sport are being honored for their abilities.

Besides Nitro Circus, Jolene was in the Master of Dirt Freestyle Show.

More Participations and Performances

Jolene came 7th in X-Games Women’s Supercross in 2010. She also performed as FMX & BMX in Nitro Circus in Austria and New Zealand.

Jolene was the main cast member of Nitro Circus 3D Movie in 2011.

Jolene perfomed the driving stunts of catwoman in the 2012 Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises”

She has performed many backflips and frontflips in her career. She is known as the first woman to do those flips.

Furthermore, she has performed in Nitro Circus Live Tour across New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Europe, the USA, and Canada.

Jolene Van Vugt’s Accident And Recovery

Injuries were a part of what Jolene did.

However, in the year 2015, she had the most severe injury of her life. It happened when she tried to do a ramp jump using a slingshot (a winch mechanism that allows riders to use high speed in little time).

Getting ready for another surgery, injuries from my accident training for Nitro Circus Tour last month have come with a…

Posted by Jolene Van Vugt on Friday, October 16, 2015

Jolene injured her forehead, eye socket, nose, right arm, and jaw. The injury did not lower her confidence. She said that she was addicted to what she did. Furthermore, she also promised to be back soon.

She also agreed that this was one of her worst injuries. But it was part of her job.

Jolene Van Vugt: Relationships

Jolene is not very open about her personal life and relationships, including boyfriends and partners. According to our reports, she is single as of now.

She had only one serious relationship in the past, but she has not been engaged yet. Jolene does not have any children either.

There was a rumor that she had married Jim DeChamp, a star of Nitro Circus. The stories also said that they were seen together several times, including at the 2009 VMA awards.

There is no confirmation of this rumor. Jolene has not spoken about it in public. So we believe that the story was not right.

Jolene Van Vugt: Net Worth and Salary

Jelene Van Vugt has an awe-inspiring biking career. She has won multiple awards.

In 2008, she set the Guinness World Records for the first female to backflip a full-sized dirt bike and the longest female backflip.

With her successful career and awards, she has made good money doing what she does.

Jolene van vugt has a net worth of $2 million.

The average motocross salary is around $85,000. But motocross does not have a fixed salary. According to some reports, Jolene was earning $500,000 in 2015.

Jolene Van Vugt: Social Media

Jolene Van Vugt is active on different social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

She goes by @jolenevanvugt on Instagram and @jolenevanvugt63 on Twitter. On Facebook, she goes by the same username, jolenevanvugt63. She is mostly active on Instagram rather than other platforms.

As of this writing, this is how her social media stats look like:

Jolene Van Vugt: Where Is She Now?

Jolene is still making an impact on the motocross sports world. Like she has said a lot of time, she loves what she does. Even after injuries, she continues to be involved in riding, stunts, and the motocross world.

Jolene has been inspiring a lot of young talents, especially women. Jolene is a member of the first Empowersports Women’s Riding Council for Polaris—a motorcycle manufacturing company. This council supports women in the sport.

Jolene posing with the Polaris RZR
Jolene posing with the Polaris RZR

Jolene is working to increase the reach of the Polaris customer segment. The company wants to grow its reach by 50% in the next ten years. They encourage female riders to buy their products.

Jolene has also worked with SixSpeed—a marketing agency in Idaho. She did some shoots for them. The company has worked with other companies like Polaris, Ford, and Michelin.

Jelene’s immense talent, passion, and dedication to the motocross world have proved her worth. She has been able to make a significant impact in the field. Most importantly, she continues to do what she loves and inspire others with it.

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FAQs

Is Jolene Van Vugt married?

Jolene Van Vugt is single. There are no reports of her ever getting engaged or married.

What is Jolene Van Vugt doing now?

Jolene Van Vugt is working as a stunt woman. Jolene is a member of the first Empowersports Women’s Riding Council for Polaris.

What is Jolene Van Vugt’s net worth?

Jolene Van Vugt’s net worth is $2 million.

How did Joelene Van Vugt get into the accident?

Jolene got injured while training for Nitro Circus in 2015. In the accident, she injured her forehead, eye socket, nose, right arm, and jaw.

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