This 15YearOld Beat a Rare Disease to Become a Competitive Cyclist

- When I'm out there riding my bike and I have this pump on, it's almost like it's not even there. I just feel the freedom of being out there and feeling the speed and adrenaline. It's just Hannah out there riding her bike. Some might say I'm like Dora the Explorer, 'cause I'm always wearing this backpack. But this backpack keeps me alive. My name is Hannah Jordan; I'm from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I'm 15 years old, and I'm a competitive cyclist. My long-term goals are to become pro and be in the Olympics in 2020 for Tokyo and bring back the the Tour de France for women. I have an unknown rare metabolic disease. From when I was very little, I was in and out of the hospital and very sick all the time. And, when I was nine, they gave me only a couple months to live. So like, I sorta skipped childhood. My mom took me all over the country to some specialists and they found a solution and they gave me a thing called a G-Tube that pumps sugar into my stomach. It basically keeps my blood sugar at a normal rate. I always wanna do competitive stuff. For most of my life, I couldn't play sports because of my condition. When I got on the bike, it was almost like my problems weren't there. It's just been like a whole new world opened up to me. - This one right here is really special. This was her first one. And it's a silver medal, but she'd actually only been riding a bike two months. And then shortly after that, she did this one. She did 101 miles in five hours and 18 minutes, which is very, very fast. And that's kinda when we realized that she probably was gonna be pretty good at this. - [Hannah] This weekend, I will be competing in Tulsa Tough, a three day race. Each day, 1,000 racers compete from six different countries around the world. These women are usually 20 and above. My mom and my dad, they're my biggest supporters. They take me to all the races, and help me make it in cycling. My mom, she helps me get everything ready. Then my dad, at the 200 meter mark, he starts yelling. - Let's go Hannah, let's go, go! - [Hannah] It's like a mental marker, of like when I start needing to sprint. What makes me different from other cyclists is the ability to tap in that willpower and determination. I like to tell people it's sort of coded in my DNA to be a fighter. Anyone that's been in the hospital for a long time, or has gone through some struggles, or pain, or suffering, they just know how to dig deep and tap in and to be resilient. And even if you lose some days and you win some others, you have to keep getting back up, each and every single time, to go out there and ride your bike.

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