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Remy Metailler breaks his back in Taxco downhill crash

Healing vibes Remy!

Remy Metailler has broken his T6 vertebrate following a crash at the Taco Urban Downhill race.

Remy tried to backflip the huge last jump of the course but overshot and took a big hit on his back. He was initially told it was just muscle damage and was walking around and dancing however a later scan in Guadalajara revealed it was broken.

Thankfully Remy has full mobility and it looks like he will make a full recovery after the bone has been rested and healed.

Full Statement

In a post on his Facebook, Remy said: “Half a second after that shot I broke my back.

“The past saturday, I flipped the last jump of Downhill Taxco and overshot a tiny bit. Just enough to take the biggest slam of my life, all on my back. I made a mistake and I landed like you never want to land.

“The shock was horrible and I knew even before I bounced on the floor that I had broken a vertebra. I wanted to make sure I won’t move before doing X-rays. The doctors took care of me and told me it was just the muscles. At this point I was just so happy but I knew my body and that it was probably more than this. The pain was not bad. I walked and danced fine after they told me I was ok, without taking any drugs.

“Yesterday I went to double check in Guadalajara before flying to France. Within two seconds the doctor saw I had cracked and compressed my T6. I was just walking, holding things, bending with no real struggle. My bones were not painful.

“Now I am going to rest the bone, and then go back to the gym to get stronger and healthier than ever. I am so determined and motivated to work harder than ever.”

We’re sending out healing vibes to Remy and hope he comes back fighting for 2017.


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