Skiing Competitively a Year After Paralysis

On December 22, 2011, 16-year-old Jake Hickman crashed while participating at a United States freestyle ski team selection competition in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The reigning J2 junior national champion caught the edge of his ski in the snow before a jump and the accident resulted in a spiral compression fracture of his T8 vertebrae with an incomplete paralysis of his spinal cord. Doctors were unsure whether he would ever walk again.

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