When it comes to Action Sports, athletes are accepting huge risk for huge reward.
Athletes like Shaun White have made fortunes from extreme sports, but many have ended up on the complete opposite side of the equation with massive injuries and even death.
One man stands alone on the sideline of the injured, handing out "High Fives" for recovery.
Roy Tuscany who suffered a spinal cord injury while training in 2006 at Mammoth Mountain in California decided to pave a way for the survivors of action sports injuries from traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries and beyond.
In 2009, he founded the High Five Foundation to provide grants and gifts to injured athletes who need financial help during their recoveries. He doesn't stop there, and is a spokesperson for safety and most recently launched a "Helmets are Cool" campaign sponsored by the National Ski Patrol, POC Helmets , Snocru, Squaw Valley, and Alpine Meadows.
The CR Johnson Healing Center is named after famed freeride skier CR Johnson, who was an X-Games champion and well-known skier who pioneered new tricks in and out of the half pipe. He suffered a TBI while filming a ski movie when Kye Peterson landed on CR's head after the two skiers jumped off of the same back country kicker.
Johnson died four years later attempting to revitalize his ski career at his home resort of Squaw Valley, Calif.
Listen to my interview with Roy Tuscany in the player below.
At 12 years old, Alana Smith says she has "reached all of the dreams she set out for" when she started her career at 7 years old. Smith won an X-Games Silver Medal in Skateboarding this past summer in Barcelona, and she has also been added to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Smith attends the Kids that Rip Skateboard Academy and loves it. She considers herself an athlete and trains up to five hours a day.
Dan Egan caught up with Smith on her way to school. Listen to the interview on RadioBDC's Edging the Edging the Xtreme.
Simon Dumont is the elder statesman of skiing half-pipe. With U.S. Olympic teammates and fellow competitors sometimes half his age, Dumont finds himself leading the sport he help to create. He has stood on the podium at every major half pipe event around the world for the last 13 years, and the final prize of Olympic glory is now with in reach.
For the last year, Dumont was injured to the extent that he competed without ski poles in the 2013 Winter X Games. But he's now injury-free and in the best shape of his life. With just under 150 days left before the Winter 2014 Opening Ceremonies in Sochi, Russia.
Edging the Xtreme caught up with Simon Dumont at the recent USOC 2013 Team USA Media Summit in Park City, Utah.
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Maria Forsberg, a two-time American Motocross Association (AMA) Female Athlete of the year and three-time X-Games Gold Medalist, takes a rational look at her life as a professional Enduro X rider.
When you watch her ride you see the determination of a fighter as she manages the grueling Enduro X track – a mix of large rocks, logs and jumps with deep water pools, mud and rutted corners.
In her X-Games Gold medal competition she battled the top women in the world in Munich, Germany. To watch this race you can see the endurance, balance and grit it takes to compete in Enduro X.
At just 25 years old, Forsberg balances her career, her marriage, and a full-time job as an electrician at Boeing. She credits her winning ways to the fullness of her life.
Listen to the entire interview on RadioBDC's Edging the Xtreme with Dan Egan:
At just 14 years old, Chase Hasch is hanging with the big boys. This young teenager hails from the notoriously heavy waves and strong winds of the Hawaiian Islands, and is one of the few athletes who has established his status as a “regular” among Maui’s kiteboarding scene.
Arguably one of the most technically-sound kite groms in the game, Hasch draws inspiration from today’s most promising athletes, as well as legends of the sport. Results include podium finishes in KB4K Events and participation at “Invite” only events such as Red Bull’s Sun Slider.
Mentored by Red Bull team rider Susi Mai, Hasch bounces between the Dominican Republic and the United States. He's sponsored by some of the top companies in the industry like Cabrinha and Hyperkite,and this teenager has his sights on any competitions that come his way – which may include the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Taking it all in stride, Hasch is a homeschooler is just looking and waiting for the next windy day so he can go out and play in the surf.
Check out the entire Edging the Xtreme interview on RadioBDC:
Dressed as the Queen of England as the world watched the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Gary Connery achieved near-royal status as he performed as the Queen’s very own stunt double. Jumping from a helicopter, Connery base-jumped and parachuted to the ground in front of an international crowd and a global television audience.
As a professional stunt man and extreme sports athlete, Connery has a long and impressive list of movie credits and feats to his name. He is known as the only person ever to "intentionally" land safely on the ground with a wing suit and without a parachute.
Listen below to Dan Egan's Edging the Xtreme interview as Connery describes his royal stunt and what is next for this Hollywood stuntman's career.
Three-Pete, Five-Pete and even an Eight-Pete are becoming familiar terms, as multiple athletes strike gold, embodying “rock star” status in the world of X Games.
On top of the heap is skateboarder Bob Burnquist, who captured his twenty-fifth X Games medal this past weekend.
Listen to my segment on RadioBDC:
X Game athletes pleased huge crowds in and around the famed Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany. The range of events featured RallyCross, Enduro, Moto X, Mountain Bike Slope Style, BMX Slope Style, Skate, and the X Game signature Big Air events.
The Women’s Enduro X event races showed the grit of these type of events. Enduro X is a test of strength, balance and fitness, combined with the power of a motocross bike, and it was grueling. Maria Forsberg won her third career X Games gold medal.
New to the X Games this year was Mountain Bike Slope Style, and the gold was won by Canadian Brett Rheeder, who has been known to train and hang out at Highland Mountain Bike Park in New Hampshire.
It's been said many time that these athletes are pushing the limits like never before, and it continues to be true. The X Games now come back to their “home court” (Los Angeles) for the last stop on the world tour August 1 through 4.
The best mountain bike freeriders in the world are gathering this weekend for the annual "Spring Training" at Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, New Hampshire. The pros come from all over the world to train in the one-of-a-kind indoor facility that includes both foam pits and rubber ramps, as well as outside airbags to jump into.
Highland Mountain Bike Park was the dream of Mark Hayes, who built a world-class mountain bike park at a ski area that closed in the mid 1990's.
Hayes, a mountain bike enthusiast, tells Edging the Xtreme how he built one of the best know mountain bike parks in the world from the humble beginnings of a run-down ski mountain.
What's crazy to some is controlled chaos to others. Alex Polli,a wingsuit flyer and base jumper, isn't afraid of the kinds of daredevil stunts most people would be terrified of.
According to Polli, the scariest thing is not jumping because that "would not be living."
He flies all over, including through a 2013 banner to ring in the new year with his friends, and he once jumped out of a helicopter and flew through an arc cave on the side of a mountain – at over 250 miles per hour.
In a recent interview on Edging the Xtreme, Alex Polli talks about his life, his need to fly, and the what it takes to b calm under extreme conditions.
At just 12 years old, Alana Smith became the youngest X Games medalist in history. Smith won the silver medal in the women's skateboard park contest as the X Games kicked off in Barcelona over the past weekend.
Fellow american Mitchie Brusco, who first competed when he was just 14, landed the first 1080 in X Games history on the "MegaRamp." It was only the third time the trick had ever been landed, ever, in all of skateboarding history.
This weekend also belonged to veterans like as Garrett Reynolds, who won his sixth straight BMX Street title, and Bob Burnquist, who made it to four straight Skateboard Big Air victories. Pedro Barros won his third consecutive Skateboard Park gold and Zack Warden defended his BMX Big Air title from Brazil.
Check out all the video highlights at xgames.espn.go.com. The next stop for the X Games is Munich, Germany June 27 to 30. Then the world tour wraps up in Los Angeles during the first week of August.
Stay tuned here, because we'll be bringing continued coverage of the summer's most extreme global competition.