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Transcript of TRAVIS PASTRANA
HE GOT HIS FIRST DIRT BIKE FOR CHRISTMAS IN 1987 AT 4 YEARS OLD.
Travis Pastrana was born in Annapolis, MD on Oct. 8th 1983. He is the only child of Debbie and Robert Pastrana. He is married to pro skateboarder Lyn-z Adams Hawkins.
Travis started and excelled at racing mountain bikes as a child. He took first place in the Dual Slalom event a the US Junior Nationals. He also excelled as a student, finishing high school by the age of 15. He later went on to the University of Maryland, College Park.
not actual crash photo
In 1998 he came up short on 120 foot gap jump and suffered his worst of what would become a long list of injuries. He separated his spine from his pelvis. At the time, there were only two other known cases of people surviving this injury in recorded medical history. He was in a coma for two weeks and had six blood transfusions.
However, this was not about to stop him from getting back on his bike. He was determined to not only ride again, but to compete.
"I had to learn to walk again, but in the meantime my dad got me a wheelchair with full suspension. I had about three months of fun with that."
Not only did Travis recover and return to compete, but became the dominating force in the sport.
In 1999, at 15 years old, he entered his first X Games. Despite being the youngest competitor, he took the gold medal for freestyle motocross with a near perfect score of 99.0.
During that same year he also took home two Gravity Games gold medals as well as the Horizon Award for best amateur motocross racer.
Travis had won seven national amateur motocross championships before turning pro at the age of sixteen.
- five in the US and two in Canada.
photo not period specific
Age Sixteen was a very good year for Travis.
-his second X Games gold medal.
-the first pro motocross race he ever entered.
-the 125cc outdoor motocross national championship.
He also became the youngest rider to represent the United States in the MotoX Des Nations, which he also won.
At the age of 17 he won the 125cc East Coast indoor supercross championship.
Travis was quickly becoming known as the modern day Evel Knievel. On Sept 1st 2001,at 17, he made his first dirt bike base jump into the Grand Canyon. Since then, he has jumped in a few more times. One of those times did not go quite as planned. He ended up slamming into the wall while parachuting down and crashed into the ground.
Being the ever-positive person that he is, this is what he had to say about that crash: "Not to be a complete moron, but as bad as it went, it couldn't have gone any better for that situation."
Aug 1st 2006: age 22, third X Games gold medal.
As if ruling the dirt on two wheels isn't impressive enough, Travis was determined to conquer in on all fours. In 2005 Travis decided to try his luck at rally racing. In his first full season he landed on the podium three times, finishing the season 4th in his class and 5th overall.
In 2006 he entered the pro rally circuit sponsored by Subaru. That year he won the Rally America championship.
... and in 2007 he won the Rally America championship for the second time as well as the X Games gold metal for rally racing.
In 2008/2009...again and again, making him undefeated in the Rally America championships since he went full time.
Dec 31st 2009: Travis sets a new world record for longest distance rally car jump. He jumped 269 feet, breaking the former record by about 100 feet.
In 1997, at the age of 14, he won his first amateur national motocross championship.
Travis Pastrana: Super Lucky...Or Super Human?
He was an adventurous kid right from the start.
3 YEARS OLD
In 2009 Travis and a group of friends started a tv series called Nitro Circus.
In 2010 Travis set the world record for fastest time up the Mt. Washington in a rally car. 6 minutes 20.47 seconds.
"I DON'T REMEMBER MOST OF THE INJURIES. THERE HAVE BEEN TOO MANY."
TORN ACL, PCL,LCL, MCL, AND MENICUS IN LEFT KNEE
BROKEN TIBIA AND FIBULA MULTIPLE TIMES
SURGERY ON LEFT WRIST TWICE
SURGERY ON LEFT THUMB
2 SURGERIES ON BACK
SURGERY ON RIGHT ELBOW
9 SURGERIES ON LEFT KNEE, 6 ON RIGHT
1 SHOULDER SURGERY
1 BROKEN BACK
IN TOTAL, HE HAS HAD OVER 60 BROKEN BONES, 19 SURGERIES, 6 BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS, AND OVER 25 CONCUSSIONS.
7 NATIONAL AMATEUR MX CHAMPIONSHIPS
1 NATIONAL PRO MX CHAMPIONSHIP
1 NATIONAL PRO SX CHAMPIONSHIP
1 INTERNATIONAL MX DES NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP -YOUNGEST TEAM MEMBER
11 X GAMES GOLD MEDALS
5 GRAVITY GAMES GOLD MEDALS
4 X-FIGHTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS
THIRD PERSON TO EVER WIN 3 GOLD MEDALS AT A SINGLE X GAMES
FIRST PERSON TO PULL A DOUBLE BACKFLIP ON A MOTORCYCLE
4 RALLY AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIPS
1 WORLD RECORD RALLY CAR JUMP
1 WORLD RECORD FOR FASTEST TIME UP MT. WASHINGTON - FIRST ATTEMPT
Most recently, Travis has added racing NASCAR to the list of motor-sport careers. Only time will tell how well he does, but if history is any indication, it won’t be long before he is dominating that circuit as well.
“ I’ve been getting a lot of people asking why NASCAR? The answer is simple. My passion is competition. I need a challenge and I’m tired of getting hurt... I’ll be the first to admit that I’m in over my head with a sport that is a far cry from my two- wheel/ dirt roots...I’m the underdog again.The rookie. I feel like I did when I was 16 and about to turn pro in moto. Hoping I can be a champion, but only having a slight grasp of what it’s going to take to get there...A lot of people say NASCAR is boring. Personally, I fail to see how playing bumper cars at 200mph while drifting a 650hp vehicle is boring.”
So what do you think? Is Travis Pastrana just lucky, or might he be super human?
"My strengths and weaknesses are the same: I've got the willingness and stupidity to try anything. If I think it's even remotely possible, I'll do it."
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