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Nickname: Wardy, Shooter, Johnny Wad, Super Sexy #2.
Hometown: Perth, Western Australia
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Hair color: black
Marital Status: single
Children (age): zero
Birth date: September 20, 1980
Born Again (Awake from coma): July 21st, 2003
Favorite foods: Cereal, sushi
Favorite drinks: What ever
High School: J.C.
Current Occupation: Downhill coach for Santa Cruz Syndicate
(Other than cyclist): Doing the re-hab work to recover from head trauma
My first race was in the beginning of 1993.
Because I liked riding my bike and I liked riding off road better than on the road.
Anyone who pushed the sport, and that are not afraid to try new things.
I broke my C7 and T2 vertebrae and tore some stuff in my neck. I landed on my head in a handstand position without my hands. I was stuck in a halo (a frame bolted into my head), for 8 weeks.
On June 26, 2003 I crashed off a huge jump at Mt. Ste. Anne. I launched about 60 feet and dropped from 20 feet down, landing on my head. I suffered massive head trauma, tore ligaments, broke my wrist and suffered nerve damage to my hand and leg, and was in a coma. I was transported home to Perth while in a coma, and when I arrived I started to come out of the coma. That was the day I was born. When asked who I was I replied, "Jeff Ward" I have had to re-learn everything from day one!
Aussie rules football. I did a triathlon once, and I just completed a jetty to jetty swim. Accomplishments in the above sports: I finished the triathlon, and the swim.
Race when ready. Be up there in the race, maybe top 20's, and top 10's. Train hard and rip it up in 2005!
I am training hard. I have been going to the gym 3 days a week and working with a trainer. I have been jogging on the beach. I have a run I do that when I started it took me 9-10 minutes. I have now gotten my time down to 6:42. I do 30 minute ocean swims. I have been riding my bike, and recently rode home from the train station 27 kilometers. I have had to re-learn bike skills like bunny-hops and wheelies which were very difficult.
5th at the World Championships in Kaprun, Austria. It was an awesome atmosphere and just a really good vibe all around. Also, learning to bunny-hop and wheelie all over again.
In 1999 Glen Jacobs took me to the top of the 1996 world's course in Cairns. There had been a cyclone a few weeks before, so the rainforest was destroyed so you couldn't ride. I didn't know which way I was heading. Two and a half hours later it was dark and I made it out, ripped apart by thorn vines and bitten by I don't know what. I was pissed off! Of course, the crash at Mt. Ste. Anne was the worst experience, to date.
I like it when courses have a lot of high speed corners. Actually, I like all courses.
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