When Talan Skeels-Piggins was told he’d never walk again after his accident, he wanted to be taken off life support. A fellow paraplegic told him he could still drive a car, have a girlfriend, and ski and suddenly, “there was hope.” Piggins bought a motorcycle and practiced riding it at a local airstrip, eventually he was out there “banging bearings with everybody else.”

Oh and Skeels-Piggins also mastered skiing, earning a fifth-place world ranking in 2008 and competing in the 2010 Winter Paralympics.