Famous Kelowna Stunt Rider Hurt in Motorcycle Crash
Posted on Jan 17, 2014
Bruce Cook is best known for his extreme motorcycle stunts. The 27-year-old was the first Canadian in history to compete in the X Games best trick competition, held in 2012. He placed 7th, and has made name for himself as a serious competitor with a heart of gold.
Now, the world—and his hometown of Kelowna—watches and waits as Cook begins to recover from a spinal cord injury he received when attempting a world record motorcycle flip.
Cook Holds Out Hope and Displays Trademark Optimism
Cook was performing with the Nitro Circus Live North America Tour in Ontario when he failed to land a double flip. During the attempt, which event organizers say he had been practicing "non-stop" for eight weeks, Cook fell from his motorcycle and onto a ramp. He was removed by stretcher from the area and taken to Hamilton General Hospital, where he underwent a three-hour surgery to repair his damaged spinal cord.
"I'll likely be in the hospital in Ontario for the remainder of the week at which time I will transfer to B.C.," Cook wrote on his Facebook page. "My mom and dad are here with me helping keep spirits high. I've got this!...There is definitely a smile under that mask."
A friend of Cook's is not surprised by his cheerful attitude. She told CTV News that she had spoken to her friend and that he was worried, but hopeful. She said that Cook is "the nicest guy you'll ever meet."
Our attorneys would like to extend our best, most hopeful wishes to Bruce. We will be watching the story carefully and waiting to hear of his full recovery; hoping to see him ride again soon.