Cameron Sinclair is back on his motorcycle and some might call that inspirational, while others might say the freestyle motocross rider is crazy, having cheated death and debilitation at least once already.
But the Australian FMX star, like others of his kind, is a passionate athlete whose life revolves around the high-flying, gravity-defying sport. So he is riding again, five months after under-rotating a double back-flip and planting himself face- and chest-first into the dirt, leaving doctors, family and friends wondering if he'd walk or talk again.Fans might recall the aftermath of an accident that occurred during a competition in Madrid. Cam experienced bleeding deep inside the brain. He could barely move the right side of his body and he could not breathe on his own, so tubes emanated from his mouth and nose during much of his hospital stay.
Here's part of a news release issued a week before Christmas by Cam's team: "The past two weeks he has been easing his way back into riding, by spending some time on a YZ250F at Southside HQ Motocross and Supercross tracks. For the past three days he has been riding his YZ250 Two Stroke again and building up to jumping ramps again at his close friend Bilko’s house.
"It makes me really proud to say that Cam’s return to FMX over the past few days has been fantastic. He pushed the ramp back to 75 feet this morning and began nailing some of his better tricks right away including double grabs and Hart attacks, etc."
The video, which will make you cringe, is posted on Cam's website and on Tuesday was posted on the Metal Mulisha website. He talks about his recovery and looks forward to competing in 2010. Here's hoping he comes back healthy--and stays healthy--and enjoys a truly memorable year.
-- Pete Thomas