At the age of 16, Ricky James’ dream was to become a professional motocross rider. Now, at the age of 24, his sights are set on becoming the first athlete to compete in an Ultraman while in a wheelchair.
By the time he was five, James was riding motorcycles, and by the time he was 16, he had made it onto the Honda All-Amateur team. However, while racing at the Amateur Nationals Competition in Lake Whitney, Texas in the spring of 2006, James collided with another rider and broke his back, crushing his T7 vertebrae, resulting in paraplegia. But in a matter of just over a month, James had undergone and recovered from a surgery to stabilize his back, and had learned the skills necessary to live life as a paraplegic.
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