MTV.com Exclusive: TJ Lavin Talks About His Hard-Fought Recovery

Back in October 2010, pro BMX rider and “Challenge” host TJ Lavin took a terrible spill that landed him in a coma for two weeks. When he woke up in the hospital’s intensive care unit, he was incredibly relieved to hear that his body wasn’t permanently paralyzed, but he knew there would be a long recovery ahead due to other serious injuries. It took him quite a while to regain his balance and refine his speech, but with a ton of hard work and determination, within a year he was back at “The Challenge” to put the rivals to work.

We caught up with TJ in Costa Rica right before the first competition kicked off, and he expressed much gratitude for the family, friends and fans that supported him during such a trying time in his life. Check out our interview with him below to find out where he’s at now in terms of physical progress, as well as the reason he decided to return to the show.