MONROE, Conn. -- For Monroe native Ryan Boyle, the road to the Olympics has been a rough one, according to the MonroeCourier.com.
Boyle, 21, was struck by a pickup truck when he was 9, leaving him with a permanent brain injury, said the Monroe-Courier.com.
But the young man's desire to become an Olympic athlete has been on his to-do list since receiving a hand-cyle during rehab, reported the MonroeCourier.com.
Boyle has made the Team USA paracycling team, and represented the country at races in Italy and Switzerland, said the MonroeCourier.com.
He hopes to take part in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, added the MonroeCourier.com.
Boyle, who turns 22 this month, is the youngest member of the U.S. Paralympics cycling national team, but he has achieved success far beyond his years. Boyle won a world championships silver medal and a world cup gold medal in his first season of international racing, according to his bio at the TeamUSA website .
Boyle, who was riding a big wheel trike when he was hit and dragged by a pickup truck, was saved by emergency brain surgery. But he had to learn how to breath, swallow, eat, stand, sit and walk again.
Ryan wrote his own book titled, “When the Lights go Out: A Boy Given a Second Chance,” when he was a freshman in high school. H
e is currently a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and attends the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.