PORTLAND, Ore. – Ravi Drugan lost both his legs in 2004 in an incident that remains a mystery to this day.
The then 14-year-old boy was hit by 2 trains in Eugene, Ore., but he doesn’t remember how he ended up on the tracks.
“I woke up 3 days later in the hospital, so to this day no one really knows how I ended up on the tracks,” said Drugan.
Drugan’s family thinks he may have been robbed, beaten and left on the tracks. He says he doesn’t remember anything that happened before or after the train severed both his legs.
Drugan’s mother says he was depressed after losing his legs, but the darkness lifted when the former skateboarder found the snow.
“Before, there was a lot of time trying to find out what he wanted to do, but once he found skiing after January of ’09 he’s been awesome,” said Drugan’s mother Kelli Schunk.
“My first day, by the end of the day I was skiing down black diamonds with my dad,” said Drugan.
Drugan uses a mono-ski to shred down the slopes. He bought his own mono-ski in 2010 with a grant from the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Last year he was invited to compete at the X Games in Aspen, Colo. and was invited back to compete this year.
“I never really imagined myself being an X Games athlete but it’s definitely something that’s a blast,” Drugan said.
“It’s a really good feeling to show people what can be possible out there and you shouldn’t limit yourself to anything.”