Metzger Injured In Long Beach

Paul Carruthers | January 18, 2007

Freestyler and Supermoto racer Mike Metzger suffered a broken back yesterday while performing a back flip for the Discovery Channel near the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, according to the Long Beach Press Telegram

The man known as the Godfather of Freestyle was attempting a back flip over a 75-foot gap between two barges that were anchored in the channel while filming a segment for “Stunt Junkies.”

Metzger, 31, was transported to hospital where it was diagnosed that he’d fractured his L-4 vertebra.

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Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.