In 2008, model Sophia Joy Gilje broke her back in a snowboarding accident in southern France. Doctors feared she would never walk again.
Following intensive rehabilitation and physiotherapy, the athletic 24-year-old has not only recovered from her devastating injury, she's competing as a competitive windsurfer.
She's currently ranked 2nd in the United Kingdom.
Even a recent injury — she fell earlier this year and was ordered to not use her arms for 6 weeks — isn't holding her back.
"I thought that after I had graduated I was ready to really start my new life, but it didn't end up that way. It was very frustrating, and it's not the first time it's happened."
Gilje was determined to keep surfing.
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