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Paul Thacker 

X Gamer: The Fairbanks-born, Willow-raised Anchorage resident has raced snowmachines for more than a decade. With nine Winter X Games under his belt, his favorite thing about riding is “going big.”

Trailblazer, record breaker: Held the world long-jump record on a snowmachine from 2006-2010.

AK drive: Paralyzed in 2010 from a snowmachine accident, Paul put what he calls the Alaskan “seize-the-moment mentality” to work, taking home the silver medal at the Winter X Games as a disabled athlete last year. “My injury drives me to inspire others.”

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