Video: Dakotah Norton Has His Sights Set on Getting Back on the Podium

May 28, 2019
by Peter Jamison  

bigquotesDakotah Norton burst onto the world scene in 2018 with a podium finish at the Croatian World Cup after finally being able to secure factory support following the 2017 season. The young American has struggled with injuries and a lack of focus in the past, but a recent surgery and a renewed drive and belief in himself have Dakotah's sights set on many more podiums to come.

Dakotah Norton - Brand of the Brave

Step by step Dakotah is getting to where he wants to be

Days in the rain at Windrock

Getting bikes dialed in at SRAM team camp

Windrock is a relatively short drive from Dakotah's home in Knoxville and makes for a perfect training ground for the World Cup season

All smiles

Dak shredding his backyard Knoxville trails



bigquotesBrand of the Brave is a new series presented by Fiveten and adidas featuring 5 American athletes as they follow their own individual dreams on 2 wheels as part of the Fiveten family and embody the "Brand of the Brave" motto.


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22 Comments

  • + 19
 Dakotes always looks pinned and happy to shred
  • + 1
 good point Happy to shred !
  • + 10
 People should listen to the VitalMTB Podcast with Dakotah, he has worked super hard to get where he is, seems like a really good person.
  • + 9
 Oh yeah keep her pinned
  • + 4
 Clearly an awesome guy with a hell of a story and wisdom beyond his years. Hope his work and perseverance are rewarded this year!
  • + 1
 Not about Dak, who I love as a rider, but does anyone know if they're going to continue the Adidas Trailcross shoes after this generation? It seems like they're moving toward consolidating their mtb shoes in the FiveTen line, but i personally like the Adidas models better.
  • + 1
 Don’t know why this perfectly reasonable question related directly to 5/10 is getting negative props at all..

I’ve got a feeling it’s bad news for you, pretty sure they aren’t making them any more. I have a friend who is in the same position and he is buying up pairs whenever he sees them in the right size
  • + 3
 Great profile on a great man! So committed to racing, the work ethic is impressive, and he's as personable as they come. Dude is the complete package. Go get it Dak!
  • + 1
 There's so many super talented athletes that have a decent shot at the podium. I think if this kid Dakota stays on his current program/aspirations, he's going to whup plenty of ass! best of luck
  • + 1
 Dakota has an amazing and inspirational story. I want to know more about his team and how he likes the 29er Wilson. What mods has the team made? Is he running the stock linkage? Etc etc etc
  • + 1
 Have spoke with him many te at the rock. Such a great down to earth guy. Also he is an awesome rider and deserves to be where he is at. Hope he has a great season.
  • + 3
 Is that helmet an open full face or a full open face?
  • + 2
 It's an open face with the new 'neck guard'
  • + 2
 breakthrough season this year, pretty sure it's going to happen.
  • + 3
 love you dak.
  • + 1
 Dak, man you are killin it. I have so much hope for you and you are so inspirational. thanks man.-from the mitten
  • + 1
 he is looking Fast and smooth this Season !!
  • + 1
 Good luck this weekend boys! Rad edit Dak!
  • + 1
 Heck yeah Dak! So stoked to watch you have your best season ever!!!
  • + 1
 Pinned!
  • + 1
 Get some, Dak!
  • + 1
 Dude burns turns down

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