“I don’t think about it as me being in a wheelchair. I am simply there to race, just like I was before my injury,” says Michael Johnson.
Being paralyzed at the age of 12 can have a wrecking effect on your development. It can make you feel limited socially, confused about who you are and your place in the world. But for Michael Johnson, this could have never happened. He knew what he was destined to be since he was 3 years old — a speed racer. If anything, his motocross accident only forced him to think outside the box.
Both his father and grandfather raced motorcycles. In some families baseball gloves are passed down through the generations, but in the Johnson family, a fiery must-race attitude is passed down. “One of my earliest racing memories is riding with my dad through the woods dur