Meet Robbie Maddison
Robbie likes to joke that he was born on a bike and came into the world doing a no-hander onto the delivery table. It's not far from the truth.
He started riding at age four and racing at six, and became Australia's national amateur champion at 16. "I had to make a tough decision about whether to turn pro and try to make a go of it on the professional racing circuit," he says. "In the end, I took an apprenticeship as an electrician instead. Then, one day in 2002, I'm looking in a magazine and I see pictures of a few of my old heroes doing this new sport of FMX, just crazy stuff. I got out on my bike and started messing around with some old tricks and trying some new ones and I was hooked."