Friday, September 12, 2003

I've been hooked on The Extreme Sports Channel recently and can happily spend all day watching the skateboarders, wakeboarders, BMXers and white water rafters.

While watching the other day I started wondering whether there was an extreme sports athlete who might be a suitable candidate for Amputee of the Week. It didn't take me long to find one.

Jon Comer from Dallas, Texas is a professional skateboarder. At the age of four he was struck by a car. His right foot was injured in the smash and was amputated three years later.

But a little detail like that didn't stop Jon from reaching his goal. He's the first professional skateboarder with a prosthetic leg and a film has just been made about his life.

Jon Comer is this week's tailsliding, kick-flipping, ollie grabbing Amputee of the Week.

Another noteworthy extreme sporting amputee is below-knee amp snowboarder Thayne Mahler.