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Wheelchair athlete soars, and tumbles, during practice

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is an 19-year-old wheelchair athlete from Las Vegas, according to his website. Aaron was born with Spina Bifida, a birth defect of the spinal cord. For Aaron this means his legs don’t work. But his daring certainly does.

After training in skate parks for years, he has earned titles at BMX freestyle competitions for his wheelchair stunts which include backflips. He's performing upcoming at the Nitro Circus; one of his rehearsals was captured below.

 

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In this Sunday, May 29, 2011 photo, Aaron Fotheringham summersaults while flying through the air in his wheel chair, during practice for a Nitro Circus performance, in Pala, Calif. Fotheringham, who was born with spinal bifida, rides his chair on the "giganta ramp" during performances.

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Aaron Fotheringham descends the "giganta ramp" in his wheel chair, during practice for a Nitro Circus performance, in Pala, Calif.

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Fotheringham crashes in his wheel chair on the landing ramp while practicing for a Nitro Circus performance, in Pala, Calif.

See Aaron's first back flip.