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Carlie's Comeback

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   Carlie Muchmore from Freeman recently won the women's class in motorcross racing at Saddleback Raceway near Renner.

   The 14-year old high school freshman routinely beats racers who are much older.  But the fact that she's been on the bike this past season was what's really remarkable.

  Carlie has been racing, and winning, for about five or six years.

 "My dad whispers in my ear and that gets me going, and the adrenaline gets going. I relax once i'm out there." says Carlie Muchmore.

  It's a sport she's made a lot of friendships in.  A year ago she lost a friend, when Izzy Koob from Sioux City, Iowa was killed in a race in Oklahoma.  Carlie was determined to honor her friend.

"She wanted to do something for the family.  So she made 600 dollars from stickers she made to help them." says Carlie's mom Peggie Muchmore.

"Everytime I race I say a little prayer and i know she's looking down and keeping me safe." says Carlie.

 Then last January, Carlie was seriously injured in the Midwest Supercross Race in Brookings.

"I don't know what happened. When I got up off the ground they said I had flown 40-feet. I couldn't feel my leg and my arm was hanging in a circle." says Carlie.

 She suffered serious arm and shoulder injuries, and a week after getting doctors clearance to race again, the new season began.

"We gave her the option to just be done.  But she said no. I want to race, it's what I do." says Peggy.

 "A lot of my friends have gotten hurt. But they had the confidence to get back on, and I did also." says Carlie.

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