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Face Time with Tyler Eklund

The Dirksen Derby is a benefit race for Tyler Eklund

Updated: December 26, 2011, 10:13 PM ET
By Liam Gallagher

In 2007, Tyler Eklund was a dedicated up-and-coming snowboarder from Oregon, competing for the first time at the USASA Nationals at the age of 14. During a slopestyle run he caught his edge, landed on his neck and broke his C-3 vertebrae. The injury paralyzed him from the neck down. He had no health insurance.

Eklund was determined to continue riding mountains. And with help from friends, family and skilled volunteers from Oregon Adaptive Sports, he continues to do just ...

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