The Paralympics got off to a daredevil start on Wednesday with a crazy wheelchair stunt.
Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham, 24, was born with spina bifida, a condition where the spine does not develop properly. He grew up in Las Vegas and started trying tricks in his wheelchair from an early age.
He forms part of Nitro Circus, a group of friends who travel the world riding motorbikes, base jumping, and performing stunts for crowds of thousands.
WOW – what a jump! Bring on the #Rio2016 #Paralympics #OpeningCeremony https://t.co/KqAWesU2F9
— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) September 7, 2016
Aaron certainly put himself on the map at the opening ceremony and proved a hit with those watching.
#Paralympics Opening Ceremony already cooler than the Olympics: wheelchair athlete does a wicked aerial stunt to kick it off! #Rio2016
— Kim Babij-Gesell (@KimBabij) September 8, 2016
Goosebumps!!! What an amazing opening stunt!! Whaaaat? #ParalympicsÂ #Rio2016Â #RoarTogether #OpeningCeremony
— Julie (@whoknowsitmay) September 7, 2016
If I were the LA stunt man doing that jump id not be able to stop my self going "weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" #Paralympics
— Rabbit ð° (@RabbitsTea) September 7, 2016
That first stunt is already better than the whole of the Olympics Opening Ceremony. #Paralympics
— Mark Finn (@Finny__) September 7, 2016