Adventure Athletes Who are Inspiring You: Who are we designing this product for?
Schultz is a three-sport X Games athlete with the most adaptive gold medals in XG history -- he has 8 between SnoCross Adaptive and Moto X Racing Adaptive. He's won SnoCross Adaptive every time he's competed; a 2016 win brought the total to 5. Schultz is an above-the-knee amputee who created his own knee and prosthetic leg to accommodate his activities. The self-trained engineer now has a successful business, Biodapt, serving adaptive athletes and veterans. He builds prosthetics for several of his competitors
Aaron was born with Spina Bifida, a condition affecting the spinal cord, which resulted in him having no usage of his legs. He is the third of six children, all adopted.
Aaron started riding at skateparks at the age of 8 when his older brother Brian said he should drop into a quarter pipe. He had been going to the park with Brian and their dad for weeks, but Aaron would just watch from behind the fence. The first time was scary, and he fell, but he was never one to give up just because it wasn’t easy. So he tried again. From then on he was hooked.
He has won a few BMX freestyle competitions, including the 2005 Vegas AmJam BMX finals, but for Aaron that is secondary to the joy of riding and hanging out with friends at the skate parks.
A former Motocross rider on the rise, Ricky is still on wheels—but this time, as an elite IRONMAN and Paratriathlete Ricky is a natural athlete with a character defined by strength, courage and a never quit attitude. He started racing motocross at the young age of 10 and quickly established himself as a top competitor with his sights set on the professional world of racing. Ricky quickly rose through the ranks of elite amateur racing, when one day dramatically diverted his path in racing, and in life.
After getting thrown off of his bike in a bad collision during a race, Ricky became a paraplegic at 16, losing all feeling and movement from his sternum down.
This proved to be no obstacle; Ricky went on to com 2007 SCORE International Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico and won a silver medal in Adaptive Motocross at the X Games.
Ricky went on to embrace the world of triathlon, culminating in a completed Ironman World Championships in Kona, a 140.6 mile race of endurance and grit. He then went on to win his first championship title at IRONMAN Florida 70.3 and completed 4 full Ironman races in 2013.
Former three-time AMA Pro Motocross champion and X Games SuperMoto gold medalist Doug Henry also raced SnoCross at X Games in 1999 and 2000. A Supermoto crash in 2007 left him paralyzed from the waist down; he has since earned 2 silver (2011, 2015) and 2 bronze (2010, 2014) in SnoCross Adaptive. He has developed his own suspension-based snowmobile seat, which has improved with each X Games appearance, helping him race and jump harder and be more competitive. At 47, the AMA Hall of Fame member and living motocross legend is the oldest competitor scheduled to compete at X Games Aspen 2017.
Bio: The 26-year-old Brazilian has been a daredevil his entire life; Italo Romano lost his legs when he slipped while riding between two trains, a stunt that he and his friends would do as teenagers. Romano refused to let his sudden disability, occurring at age 13, limit his adventurous lifestyle, and has used his home of Curitiba, Brazil, as an urban playground.
Information Resources for learning about Adaptive sports and lifestyle.
It is important to understand aspects of the adaptive lifestyle as well as adaptive sports when designing your concept. Use these resources to further your knowledge on the subject:
Ability Magazine: https://abilitymagazine.com/
Disability sport classification: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Exceptional Parent: http://www.eparent.com/
New Mobility: http://www.newmobility.com/
Channel 4: Super Humans http://www.channel4.com/progra...
Ottobock Paralympics Technology https://www.ottobock.com/en/pa...
Ottobock Paralympics www.ottobock.com/paralympics
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