Eyeing Gold


Transcript: 02/01/2018: KOAA (NBC) … new tonight at 6:30 — he’s a student at u-c-c-s and a published author — in addition to training every day at the u-s olympic training center… ryan boyle never imagined he’d be here — especially after a car accident sent him into a coma at the age of 10… only on news five— news 5’s sam kraemer sat down with ryan and joins us… with his story. it was an accident that shook ryan to the core… he thought the fun, adventurous life he had dreamed of was over… but through rehab — ryan found success in para-cycling, and now… his sights are set on a gold medal in 2020… “i was a very athletic kid. i love mountain biking above everything else.” columbus day 2003… it was supposed to be a fun day for ryan boyle — celebrating his friend’s birthday… and then, tragedy… fade to black “i couldn’t even speak for the first 3 weeks, so i had no idea what was going on.” he was hit and dragged some 55 feet by a pickup truck… doctors performed emergency brain surgery, actually removing part of his brain in an operation they didn’t think he’d survive… “i was learning how to eat, stand, walk, everything all over again.” but through rehab came a breakthrough… ryan was introduced to paralympic sports. “once i found that, i fell in love. so, that was it, and i knew i needed to be a world champion.” today — he trains everyday at the olympic training center in colorado springs… nats a rigorous regimen for the 24-year-old, who’s also taking classes at uccs… “i knew that training would be a little easier in college, because i would have less distractions, and i could stick to my schedule.” a schedule that produced a silver medal at the rio games in 2016… and inspires ryan to race for gold at the tokyo games in 2020… “if i win a gold, that would just be unbelievable. like my absolute dream.” ryan says he hopes to become a motivational speaker after earning his communications degree… and he’s a published author — with one book already on the shelves with a second nearing …