How A Man Won the X Games Gold Medal With a Spinal Cord Injury

In the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, many people have a difficult time figuring out how to move on. Hope can be found in the stories shared by other people who have gone through the same emotional and physical trials. Garrett Goodwin, a Grand State University student, has secured a 2015 X Games gold medal despite sustaining a spinal cord injury from a motorcycle accident that took away the use of his legs.

The X Games are an annual sports event that covers activities such as snowboarding, skateboarding and motocross. This past year, the X Games took place in Aspen, Colorado.

Perseverance Gives Way To Ingenuity

Many people might be wondering how someone who is partially paralyzed could win a gold medal in the X Games. Goodwin is a talented engineer and professional snocross racer who has adapted to his injury by designing a snowmobile that uses a roll cage and a shock seat.

The modifications allow him to control the snowmobile by leaning while also protecting him in case he rolls over. By refusing to give up and pressing forward in life despite his injuries, Goodwin has won several X Games competition medals, including the bronze and silver.

Talent and a dedication to thrive can create an inspiring story with a message of hope to other survivors of spinal cord injuries.

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Did You Know?: After a truck accident left him with a spinal cord injury and paralyzed, athlete Rick Hansen set out on a 40,000 km journey through 34 countries on four separate continents in a wheelchair. His journey raised $26 million for spinal cord injury research.

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