Paralyzed US Man Reaches South Pole


A paralyzed man from the western U.S. state of Nevada has become the first adaptive athlete in history to reach the South Pole.

Grant Kogan completed his trip to the Antarctic South Pole on the 100th anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott’s trek there with the Terra Nova Expedition. The British explorer completed his journey on January 17, 1912.

Kogan was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2010 snowmobiling accident. He used a device called a sit-ski to make the trip, traveling for more than two weeks in sub-zero temperatures.

His expedition party included guides and cinematographers who were shooting for a documentary called “The Push: A South Pole Adventure.” The film is expected to be released later this year.

The project was made in support of the Reeve Irvine Research Center in California, which is devoted to the study of repair, regeneration and recovery of function after spinal cord injury.


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