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About Martin:

Martin Vogel has a talent for invention… and for reinvention. His life so far has included several successful careers in vastly different fields, and his potential for more is unlimited. In fact, limitation in any form is an unknown concept to Vogel. He likes a challenge, and he puts his heart and soul into everything he does.

His first career was racing motorcycles. He jumped into that sport at the tender age of 5, started road racing at 16, and at 20 was a professional on the American Motorcycle Association Formula 2 circuit. A natural competitor, Vogel was racing grand prix events at tracks such as Laguna Seca and Daytona, Florida.

In the midst of his racing success, everything changed. He was warming up on the Infinion Raceway in Sonoma, California, when another cyclist collided with Vogel and sent him flying into the hay bales… then his own bike hit him and broke his back. With a T3 spinal cord injury, he was paralyzed from the chest down. Was his life over at the age of 21? Absolutely not! Vogel is a champion, and that hadn't changed.

The usual recovery time for injuries that severe is six or seven months, but Vogel wheeled out of rehabilitation in only seven weeks, with a drive to conquer this new challenge. He also had a new inspiration, another paraplegic had shown him that he could continue racing but in his wheelchair. He encouraged Vogel to enter the Los Angeles Marathon. At first Vogel was skeptical about taking on such a demanding, physical feat, only a couple months out of rehab, with all the adjustments he had had to make to his new form of mobility, but his friend helped him believe in himself, and he finished the race.

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