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Ever seen a crash so bad it made you want to quit.

Wasn't snowboarding but instead I was riding motocross. Watched a guy come up short really bad, and he broke his back and femur. Now im at the point where it might be time to sell the dirtscooter and stick to mountain biking and snowboarding. Yall ever had something like this happened that made you rethink your priorities.

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Can't say I've ever said to myself after witnessing something horrific that I would quit.

When I was a senior in high school watched a kid over shoot a 35 to 40 foot jump by a solid 40 plus feet. Shattered both ankles, broke both tib/fib, shattered femur, broken pelvis, broken ribs, broken jaw, nose, orbital socket, knocked out cold, internal bleed.

Saw another guy snap his femur and have it come through his ass once.

Seen two people hit trees head on.

Even been flight for lifed from snowboarding.


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Can't say I've ever said to myself after witnessing something horrific that I would quit.

When I was a senior in high school watched a kid over shoot a 35 to 40 foot jump by a solid 40 plus feet. Shattered both ankles, broke both tib/fib, shattered femur, broken pelvis, broken ribs, broken jaw, nose, orbital socket, knocked out cold, internal bleed.

Saw another guy snap his femur and have it come through his ass once.

Seen two people hit trees head on.

Even been flight for lifed from snowboarding.
Nope got a life flight after a car accident my god was that ever expensive, should have just took the ambulance.

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There are typically two stances people take.

"What a dumbass"
and
"That could have been me"



And they follow the same lines of a quote Winston Churchill never said.

"If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain."
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Working in the hospital at the base of a mountain gave me a pretty good chance to see the worst of them on a daily basis. Usually it has to do with stupidity of the person. Like someone sending it on a 50' jump or hauling ass @70 mph when they haven't ridden more than 4 days in their life
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I've been doing extreme sports as long as I can remember. I've had some pretty harsh falls and an uncountable amount of injuries, but I don't let my fears control me. I do on the other hand try my best to make reasonable decisions when it comes the wild things I do. As I get older and have more to lose I am backing off of the crazy in me but still like to get the adrenaline pumping. I think you need to know your limits and make good decisions.

The phrase "fuck it!" has got me hurt more than I can count.
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In my other sport, eventing, we have this most feared accident when a horse misjudges the height of an obstacle, jumps not high enough, horses shoulder get stuck at the obstacle (eventing obstacles are rigid, no falling poles like with show jumping... it's like crashing into a wall), but due to the momentum, the horse flips over and burries the rider with the full impact of 1300lb in move. https://youtu.be/4cYvm-EnjWQ

It's the kind of fall which causes the death toll in eventing - if the rider survives, then with severe back/neck injuries, collapsed lungs a.s.o. Those accidents occur usually at high level eventing where the horses are at their max capacity.

I've vitnessed twice how friends of mine had that type of accident and it's freezing the blood in my vains even now when I memorize the pictures in my head, how the huge horse flips over, belly up and burries the slender body of my friend. The anxious seconds when nothing moves, the horse struggles to get up, the friend still beneath it and you don't know if the friend will move...

yeah... I was freaking scared to tackle that same obstacle afterwards, and seriously rethinking pros and cons in the evening . But it's the price you pay for the joy of it. I decided that's worth it.

(Both friends recovered physically, ride again, but quit eventing)

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no, and i've been present for deaths on the mt.

driven by horrific motorcycle accidents on the road and still ride street.

you (I) can't not live life for fear of dying... this is the life i prefer to live.
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I would never quit, but the movie The Crash Reel made me seriously consider some of the choices I've made, and the associated risks
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To me snowboarding and mountain don't seem all that dangerous if you make good decisions. But motorcross has so many variables outside of your control its almost like a chance of serious injury or death preforming easy jumps.

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