Wheelchair Athlete Successfully Jumps 50-Foot ‘Mega Ramp’ Gap [VIDEO]
How’s the old saying go? You can do anything, if you put your mind to it.
That’s certainly the case with 21-year-old wheelchair athlete, Aaron Fotheringham who has no use of his legs after being diagnosed with Spina Bifida at birth. According to WebMD, the defect affects the spine and results in vertebrae not completely forming around the spinal cord.
But that didn’t stop him from traveling to Brazil and attempting the colossal MegaRamp. A structure that is anywhere between 200 to 360 feet in total length and starts with a 40-foot high decent to give athletes (usually skateboarders and BMX riders) room to build up enough speed to clear the first hurdle — a 50-foot gap between ramps. The monstrosity ends with a quarter pipe that can be 18 feet tall or taller. Anybody else wet themselves? Just me? Moving on.
As you’ll see in the video <SPOILER ALERT>, it wasn’t a flawless performance at the end, but by that time it didn’t matter, he had already done what no one else had done before, and inspired millions of wheelchair bound people everywhere.
[Source: GrindTV.com via Yahoo! Sports]