An attempt of a never-before-seen stunt in motocross landed Bruce Cook in hospital with a devastating injury.
Riding in the Nitro Circus Live Tour’s first ever Canadian stop Friday at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ont., the 26-year-old from Kelowna, B.C., under-rotated on a double front flip and crashed against the landing ramp.
His body bounced off the surface like a rag doll as spectators gasped in horror. He was rushed away from the scene on a stretcher.
Cook revealed via social media he underwent three hours of surgery on his back and remains in hospital. He will be transferred to a B.C. facility next week.
He has also thanked fans for their support.
“I am absolutely blown away by all the messages and well wishes,” Cook said. “It has literally taken me hours to make it through most of them and appreciate every one of them.”
The thrill seeker told ESPN in December he had never before attempted even a single front flip, let alone a double, before he began training to perform the trick over a month ago.