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June 2, 2009

World's First Wheelchair Backflip — 'The learning curve can be rough'

So wrote Hannah Karp in yesterday's Wall Street Journal item:

"Among the wheelchair sports stars gathering at the Abilities Expo this weekend in Anaheim, Calif., was 17-year-old Las Vegas native Aaron 'Wheelz' Fotheringham, who is credited with performing the world's first wheelchair backflip [top]. Mr. Fotheringham taught himself to ride halfpipes and do tricks alongside skateboarders and BMX riders in his wheelchair. The learning curve can be rough. Attempting his first backflip, he says, 'I would keep going for it and landing on my back, or landing in the foam pit and almost suffocating because I was stuck upside down and couldn't unhook my buckle on my seat.'"

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