In February 2020, Kai Sakakibara was competing at the highest level of professional BMX racing when he crashed while battling for the lead position. Kai suffered a life-threatening head injury, ending his racing career and essentially turning his life upside-down. With the help of great medical team and the ongoing support of his family and fans, Kai has repeatedly overcome the odds on his road to recovery. Here’s a statement from Kai, one year after the crash:
“My goals have changed… 1 year ago today my dream of winning an Olympic Gold medal disappeared in an instant. From that point, it was the beginning of a journey to find myself again, to redefine who I am, and get back on my feet. It has been tough, and every day I really miss riding my bike. However, my approach to the universe has not changed — always tackle everything with 100% effort. The people around me and the support of you all has helped me do this over the past year.
Today marks exactly 1 year into my new life. New goals, new dreams, new focus. Let’s goooooo!”