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Pa. man gets gold at X Games

December 12, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, PA. - A motorcycle recently took Greg Hartman from a dairy farm outside of Greencastle to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Motocross practice on the ramps and lanes at the farm resulted in a gold medal for "best trick" at X Games Dubai held Dec. 6 to 8. Hartman had placed fourth at the X Games in Mexico City this September and wanted to be on the podium.

"I was really, really hungry to do good at this one," said Hartman, 24.

Now, the 2001 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School is looking to the X Games 14 next summer in Los Angeles. Those events will be televised in the United States, he said.

Hartman said he will be perfecting back flips and "trying gnarlier stuff in the foam pit" in preparation.

His recent gold medal came from two successful attempts with an adaptation of a "switchblade" with a back flip and his feet over his head.

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A clip of Hartman from the Dubai trip was being selected for ESPN Sports Center's Top 10 Plays of the Week, Hartman said.

Hartman began riding motorcycles when he was 5 and enjoyed trail rides with his family. He pursued motocross full time after graduation.

The sport has proved painful at times, with Hartman ticking off a list of injuries, including a broken shoulder, a punctured lung, broken ribs and a brain hemorrhage. A lot of that, he said, has to do with the 35-foot fall.

"When you fall, it gets pretty gnarly," Hartman said.

His wife, Carly, said she worries more about his traveling than the potential injuries involved with motocross. She fretted until his plane landed Tuesday morning on the return trip from Dubai.

"That's the worst part for me," she said.

"I've been traveling almost every weekend," Hartman said. "Right now, I'm home for the holidays and enjoying it."

Sponsorships fund much of the traveling, but prize money and demonstration fees at events are the real moneymakers, he said.

Hartman belongs to Riders for Christ, a group that does shows for youth groups and churches.

"We try to be a good influence wherever we are," Hartman said, adding that it's wonderful to see the children's excitement.




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