Addicted to Freedom: Paraglider Therapy | Real Sports w/ Bryant Gumbel | HBO


(RADIO CHATTER) JON FRANKEL:Every morning
people gather on these cliffs,
strap on their wings,
and take off into the blue.
MATT THOMAS:You’re flying.You are literally flying
with nothing around you. FRANKEL:
Matt Thomas is a paraglider,
addicted, he says,
to the feeling of freedom.
You feel like you’re a bird.
I mean, you feel like Superman. FRANKEL: But Thomas’ love
of flight is not the only thing
he shares with many
of the gliders here.
IFLY COACH: Two, three! FRANKEL:
Matt Thomas is paralyzed,
unable to move
from the chest down.
He comes here
for a simple reason…
IFLY COACH: Perfect, Matty. FRANKEL:…the chance to feel
whole again.
IFLY COACH:These people
take this therapeutic
flight experience,
and they take the energy,
and they use it.And it gives them that lift,
it gives them that boost.
And it works.♪ (“REAL SPORTS” THEME PLAYS) ♪

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