A Midlakes graduate, who in 2012 lost his leg after he was struck by a Corvette and left on the side of the road for dead, continues to inspire with a third-place finish at the X Games Aspen 2019.
Kevin Royston, 48, won the bronze medal in the Adaptive Snow BikeCross competition.
Royston competed alongside the top extreme athletes in the world, many of them half his age.
“I was almost last off the start but it worked out well because everyone went for the same spot in the first turn and that left the inside open,” said Royston, who was the only racer there on the 350cc engine as the other racers ran a 450cc engine. “I’m for sure hoping to come back again next year.”
The journey from the side of the road to the podium at the X Games has been a hard-fought one for the former Canandaigua auto body technician, downhill mountain bike racer and motocross enthusiast.
“As I was laying in the hospital I had thoughts that I would never ride or race again. But right away, my buddies were sending me videos and pictures of amputees riding and racing,” said Royston, who with his wife now lives near Salt Lake City, Utah. “I didn’t realize the friends I had.”
Royston’s rehab at the hospital focused on teaching him on how to learn how to walk again. He had something more in mind.
“I needed to learn how to ride again,” Royston said.
Royston, whose daughter was in the eighth grade at the time of the 2012 crash, soon after rehab began working out at Canandaigua CrossFit and competing against able-bodied fitness enthusiasts.
Canandaigua CrossFit Owner Stephan Glover said he has met very few people in his life who are truly unforgettable — Kevin is one of them.
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