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Local snowcross racer to compete in X-Games

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A local snowcross racer from Elgin has been asked to compete in the X-Games for the second time.

Chris Heppding will be on his way to the 2013 Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colo. at the end of the month.

Heppding is part of the adaptive snowcross team, which invites people with disabilities to compete.

Heppding suffered a spinal injury after he was hit by a car when he was 7 years old. 

But that hasn't stopped him from pursuing snowmobile racing.

His sled was made specially for him by Arctic Cat.

"It's big. Everything's big," Heppding said. "If you haven't been to the mountains, the mountains are big. And the X-Games are just as big. The jumps are big, the super pipe is big, the courses are big, the crowds are huge. I think in 2011, they had 140,000 spectators go through and close to 40 million spectators on television."

Chris teaches his own kids how to snowmobile, and he said he's excited to get on the course at the games at the end of January.

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