Saying no to limitations: A conversation with Kolleen Conger
In October of 2008, Kolleen Conger suffered an event that could have been career ruining for many athletes. While riding she didn’t make a 90 foot double, a motocross jump, and shattered both of her ankles in the resulting crash. This in itself may have been the end for many people, but Kolleen kept pushing forward. She went through 5 years of painful rehabilitation to fix her ankles, including getting her left ankle fused, but still was not happy with the pain she was feeling and the amount of time she was spending on the couch. As a very outdoorsy person, just sitting on the couch was not something she wanted to spend her life doing. She considered getting her right ankle fused as well but realized that getting it amputated was the more sensible decision and the best way for her to get back to what she loved most: riding.
After more than two years of rehab, including getting a custom built leg and bike so that she could continue to excel at motocross, Kolleen is doing extremely well. Her leg is specially built to withstand the pressure and beating it gets from riding motocross and her bike is built to make riding easiest. Although she is not able to run or hike very easily, Kolleen is still able to participate in the sport she loves.
And not only is she an amazing athlete, she’s also a mother of two girls who both ride motocross. She is very family-oriented and believes that motocross can bring families together, an idea she has obviously used in her own family. She also believes in giving back as much as she can because she has been helped by so many people in achieving her goals including the doctor who helped with her amputees, her sponsors, and the tight-knit motocross community.
Although she has obviously been through many ups and downs in her motocross riding career, Kolleen Conger has never given up on her passion. We at Click Medical feel that being an amputee shouldn’t create limitations on pursuing passions, and Kolleen is a perfect example of this.
Click below to listen to an interview with Kolleen on the experiences, challenges, and triumphs that have brought her to where she is today.