Then on Nov. 18, 2006 at Freestone County Raceway, the 12 year old Kiana was landed on by another rider just moments after crossing the finish line resulting in a broken neck that severed the nerves on her right side and paralyzed her right arm. After months of recovery and some promise of returning strength to her once-dominant arm, fate took another ugly turn when a truck she was riding in with her dad flipped several times after a drunk driver clipped the rear wheel.
Everything Kiana worked so hard on was lost and she was told her arm strength would never return. The days of riding a dirt bike were over.
But seven years later, a friend rigged a pit bike on a whim to help her compensate for the loss of arm movement. Kiana threw a leg over and she rolled the throttle again, for the first time. Her childhood love returned and today she competes in Motocross for adaptive athletes.
This is how Kiana Clay broke the mold.