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Riley Poor

Executive Producer

Nike , Inc.

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Beaverton, Oregon,97005

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NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Ore., is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiary brands ... more

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SCI Superstar: Riley Poor
A lifelong action sports film director who worked for Red Bull, Riley Poor had to re-tool his career after becoming a quad. Now an executive producer at Nike, he's someone you won't forget. Also a relationship blogger with his gf Andrea (Poor House Love) and a new fan of adaptive gardening, read about Riley's life (and see his awesome universal accessible home) in the city of Portland here


The Coolest Room In The House

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The story begins after LineSync Architecture family friend Riley Poor was injured resulting in tetraplegia, a spinal-cord injury of all limbs and core.
After he completed rehab, Poor relocated to Portland to start a new job with Nike. Unfortunately, there were little resources available for accessible living forcing him to live in hotels for more than two years. The Wheel Pad is a fully accessible room that's designed to attach to existing structures. (Photo Wheel Pad). Enter the folks at LineSync Architecture who, with the help of Poor, devised a unique living situation for people with spinal-cord injuries called Wheel Pad, a portable, self-contained accessible bedroom and restroom that attaches to existing homes or structures.


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The Life of Riley Poor
Riley Poor product And here is Riley; going about his business, still working on the simon dumont video, and the fucker can't walk anymore. They are renting a great apartment in the 'nice part' of San Pedro, and Riley is loving the spacious floor plan (lots of rehabilitative laps in his chair) and the view (they overlook the bustling harbor, where tugboats hurry around 24/7 to orchestrate the coming and going of huge container ships - a novelty to a mountain man like Riley to say the least). They've remained very busy since their arrival running daily errands; some of their favorite destinations: Whole Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and Riley's new primary care doctor's office in Redondo Beach for 3x/week administration of his blood-thinners (as he still remains at risk for blood clots). Katrina has continued to be 'the busiest woman on Earth,' doing, well, everything, and Riley has been logging a ton of active wheelchair time-his arms have been sore (in a good way) every morning from pushing pushing pushing. Other than that, Riley just wanted me to relay his best sentiments to you all ... he is still without internet access at the new apartment, but it should be up and running within the next couple of days, at which point he'll be able to re-insert himself into the web world (working on his Macbook Pro is becoming easier and easier, by the way). He remains eternally grateful to all of you for the support, good vibes, and friendship. Take a pause for the cause and show your love for friend, partner and ski industry staple, Riley Poor, to help Riley get back on his feet. In this Friday, April 3, 2009, photo, Riley Poor lifts weights at Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo. Poor is a 26-year-old freeskier turned cinematographer who has worked with the biggest names in action sports, capturing award-winning images on peaks all over the world. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The bright orange stickers were plastered all over at the Winter X Games, affixed to helmets, buildings, tops of skis, even on the seat of a chairlift. Emblazoned on the decals were two neon words: Riley Poor A new energy drink perhaps? Or the latest line of must-have skiing attire? Turns out Riley Poor is a 26-year-old skier turned cinematographer who's worked with the biggest names in action sports, capturing award-winning images on peaks all over the world. But he was conspicuously absent from January's Winter X Games in Aspen, represented instead by the swarm of orange stickers - a show of affection by friends. Poor could only watch the competition from a hospital bed as he recovers from a spinal cord injury that's left him paralyzed from the chest down. He did a back flip into an indoor pool after a night of celebrating with buddies following a Winter Dew Tour stop in mid-January at Mount Snow in Vermont, slamming his head against the bottom. Now, Poor's going through rehab at Craig Hospital, a Denver facility that specializes in spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. His strength is steadily returning. Poor can lift his hands and make a weak grip. He also can wiggle his toes - with concentration. Poor's rehab regimen is arduous, with hours a day spent lifting weights, doing pool therapy and other exercises. "I've just always had this feeling that I'd have this amazing test in my life, that I would walk away from victorious," said Poor, who's blogging about his recovery on a Web site set up for him by Freeskier Magazine. "Don't worry," Poor said, sipping Gatorade offered to him by his longtime girlfriend, Katrina Bobier, who is perpetually by his side. The free-spirited freeskier sauntered down a quiet hospital corridor, screaming out "Ri-lanus" - his nickname for Poor - to locate his room. "I knew right then," said Hall, who's spent countless hours filming with Poor in the backcountry. "I knew it was the same old Riley." The same old Riley is the one they call "Shrek" because of his ability to carry loads of gear on a shoot into remote locations. He's the one they want filming on the mountain due to his vision and concern for safety. Poor won't make them do something he wouldn't attempt himself. Poor grew up in Crested Butte hoping to be the next Tommy Moe. Poor did the ski team thing, had sponsors like K2 and Oakley backing him. He thought that was his future. Then he met Seth Morrison, a rock star in the extreme skiing realm. Morrison hollered at him one day from a chairlift at Crested Butte, inviting Poor into a world he'd only been able to admire through watching ski movies. And Poor jumped on board for the ride. Ditching ski racing, he dabbled in freeskiing, which was evolving from moguls and aerials to big-air and big-mountain competitions. It was right up Poor's alley. Then he saw Hall in action. At a competition at Snowbird in Utah, Poor, who was 17 at the time, gawked in disbelief at this blond-haired kid performing unthinkable maneuvers. Time for a career change. "I was like, 'I'm not capable of being in this game if it's going to be played like that,'" Poor said. Soon after, he landed an internship with Matchstick Productions, an action sports-film company. He borrowed money earmarked for college, purchasing an $8,000 movie camera. His career was launched. On one of his first assignments, he captured snowmobiler Jay Quinlan leaping over a spillway of a dam, soaring nearly 80 feet in the air. Not only did it make Matchstick's movie that year, it set a tone: Poor doesn't miss his shots. Dumont and Poor have collaborated quite a bit in recent years. They were in the middle of filming a documentary entitled "Transitions" when Poor was injured. Poor was part of the crew for "Poor Boyz Productions" (the name's a coincidence) that filmed "Reasons," which was named ski film of the year at the 2009 Powder Video Awards. He hopes for that honor again. "I'm realizing I'm going to be OK," said Poor, who's also the ski team manager of Nike 6.0, a youth-driven, action-sports sector of the company. "My plan is to walk out of here. But even if I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair, it's going to open up a lot of doors and opportunities for me." Poor can recall every aspect of the accident. He was at Mount Snow that day capturing images of Dumont winning the superpipe for the documentary. Poor was transported to a hospital in Albany, N.Y., where he had surgery to fuse some vertebrae. After that, he was transferred to Craig to begin his rehab. Then Riley has this happen. Poor grew up admiring McConkey, who helped him get a foot in the ski-industry door. Shane took that to the next level," Poor said. About Riley Poor Fundraising Information


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The Life of Riley Poor
About Riley Poor By the age of 15, Riley Poor already possessed the credentials of a bonafide ski bum. He was born in Oregon and spent his early childhood in Wilmington, Vermont, before moving to Crested Butte, Colorado, where he spent his teenage years soaking up powder days as a budding professional skier. It was here, at the age of 15, that he met legendary freeskier Seth Morrison, who introduced him to a whole 'nother realm. Soon, Riley had evolved his professional goals. Instead of pursuing a full-time ski career, he was interested in becoming an action-sports filmmaker. So he interned with Matchstick Productions and used college money to buy a 16mm film camera. His first cinemagraphic feat was capturing Jay Quinlan soaring 80 feet in the air, over a dam spillway, on a snowmobile. Over the next eight years, Riley traveled the globe filming freeskiing, snowboarding, downhill mountain biking and freestyle snowmobiling, earning a reputation for his remarkable vision, and becoming an integral member of the action sport's burgeoning community. In 2007, his passion for the pursuit and its athletes inspired Riley to begin shooting Transitions, a documentary that parallels the freeskier Simon Dumont's life with the sport's history, highlighting additional influential figures within this extreme world and culture. The goal, Riley disclosed, was "to showcase personalities within [the sport] and show how their individual stories relate to the broader progression of action sports as a whole…and try to open more eyes to what's going on in a sport that has completely reinvented itself over the last 10 or 15 years." Halfway through the filming of Transitions, on January 10, 2009, Riley's world profoundly and irrevocably changed. While in Mount Snow, Vermont, for the Winter Dew Tour, Riley suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a swimming pool accident. The incident left him paralyzed in all of his extremities and his core, with some arm movement, but no hand function. Less than a month after the accident, Riley described his paralysis as "something I was meant to go through," later sharing how he "always knew, always had this feeling that I'd have this amazing test in my life, that I would walk away from victorious. This intrepid attitude never faltered. Throughout his initial recovery, he continuously eschewed sorrow for gratitude-gratitude for his family, his friends, the opportunities afforded him following the injury, and the ski community, which he calls "a web that no one can fall through." An astounding eight months later, in September 2009, Riley completed Transitions, which debuted to much acclaim and succeeded in meeting his original ambition: to boost the popularity and awareness of freestyle skiing, which will be featured in the Olympics for the first time this winter in Sochi, Russia. Moreover, Riley has fully reprised his film work, producing videos for Nike Action Sports. Having served as the ski team manager of Nike 6.0 prior to his paralysis, he is currently the Global Video Production Manager of Nike Snowboarding and Skateboarding, which has seen him working on myriad films and advertising campaigns, including the award-winning Never Not series, and continuing to inspire-both through his cinematographic achievements and his personal accomplishments, which comprise returning to the slopes on a sit ski and fully embracing the present because, Riley reveals, "I have learned that there is no guarantee [for] tomorrow." About Riley Poor Fundraising Information


The Life of Riley Poor | A Resource for Recovering Quadriplegics | Page 2

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The Life of Riley Poor
And here is Riley; going about his business, still working on the simon dumont video, and the fucker can't walk anymore. They are renting a great apartment in the 'nice part' of San Pedro, and Riley is loving the spacious floor plan (lots of rehabilitative laps in his chair) and the view (they overlook the bustling harbor, where tugboats hurry around 24/7 to orchestrate the coming and going of huge container ships - a novelty to a mountain man like Riley to say the least). They've remained very busy since their arrival running daily errands; some of their favorite destinations: Whole Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and Riley's new primary care doctor's office in Redondo Beach for 3x/week administration of his blood-thinners (as he still remains at risk for blood clots). Katrina has continued to be 'the busiest woman on Earth,' doing, well, everything, and Riley has been logging a ton of active wheelchair time-his arms have been sore (in a good way) every morning from pushing pushing pushing. Other than that, Riley just wanted me to relay his best sentiments to you all ... he is still without internet access at the new apartment, but it should be up and running within the next couple of days, at which point he'll be able to re-insert himself into the web world (working on his Macbook Pro is becoming easier and easier, by the way). He remains eternally grateful to all of you for the support, good vibes, and friendship. The highlight of the event - besides watching all of the little munchkins in attendance crawl all over Riley - had to have been Luke Van Valin's performance as live auctioneer. My bro and I paid Riley a visit this morning, and despite having a sore neck from 'looking up' during conversations with friends yesterday, his spirits were the highest I've seen yet - suffice to say his sense of humor has remained intact throughout this ordeal. He's incredibly appreciative for everyone in his life, and rightfully so... he has some pretty great friends and family. He and Katrina will be leaving Denver for Los Angeles on Thursday (with the help of Jake Largess who will be driving their new van, packed with just a fraction of their belongings). Riley wants everyone to know that even if he hasn't returned your email, text, Facebook wall post, etc., he has read it and has drawn a huge amount of strength from the collective well-wishes; he intends to get back to everyone in due time. As Riley moves on to the next chapter in his life, he will continue to make strides with his recovery. Take a pause for the cause and show your love for friend, partner and ski industry staple, Riley Poor, to help Riley get back on his feet. In this Friday, April 3, 2009, photo, Riley Poor lifts weights at Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo. Poor is a 26-year-old freeskier turned cinematographer who has worked with the biggest names in action sports, capturing award-winning images on peaks all over the world. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The bright orange stickers were plastered all over at the Winter X Games, affixed to helmets, buildings, tops of skis, even on the seat of a chairlift. Emblazoned on the decals were two neon words: Riley Poor A new energy drink perhaps? Or the latest line of must-have skiing attire? Turns out Riley Poor is a 26-year-old skier turned cinematographer who's worked with the biggest names in action sports, capturing award-winning images on peaks all over the world. But he was conspicuously absent from January's Winter X Games in Aspen, represented instead by the swarm of orange stickers - a show of affection by friends. Poor could only watch the competition from a hospital bed as he recovers from a spinal cord injury that's left him paralyzed from the chest down. He did a back flip into an indoor pool after a night of celebrating with buddies following a Winter Dew Tour stop in mid-January at Mount Snow in Vermont, slamming his head against the bottom. Now, Poor's going through rehab at Craig Hospital, a Denver facility that specializes in spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. His strength is steadily returning. Poor can lift his hands and make a weak grip. He also can wiggle his toes - with concentration. Poor's rehab regimen is arduous, with hours a day spent lifting weights, doing pool therapy and other exercises. "I've just always had this feeling that I'd have this amazing test in my life, that I would walk away from victorious," said Poor, who's blogging about his recovery on a Web site set up for him by Freeskier Magazine. "Don't worry," Poor said, sipping Gatorade offered to him by his longtime girlfriend, Katrina Bobier, who is perpetually by his side. The free-spirited freeskier sauntered down a quiet hospital corridor, screaming out "Ri-lanus" - his nickname for Poor - to locate his room. "I knew right then," said Hall, who's spent countless hours filming with Poor in the backcountry. "I knew it was the same old Riley." The same old Riley is the one they call "Shrek" because of his ability to carry loads of gear on a shoot into remote locations. He's the one they want filming on the mountain due to his vision and concern for safety. Poor won't make them do something he wouldn't attempt himself. Poor grew up in Crested Butte hoping to be the next Tommy Moe. Poor did the ski team thing, had sponsors like K2 and Oakley backing him. He thought that was his future. Then he met Seth Morrison, a rock star in the extreme skiing realm. Morrison hollered at him one day from a chairlift at Crested Butte, inviting Poor into a world he'd only been able to admire through watching ski movies. And Poor jumped on board for the ride. Ditching ski racing, he dabbled in freeskiing, which was evolving from moguls and aerials to big-air and big-mountain competitions. It was right up Poor's alley. Then he saw Hall in action. At a competition at Snowbird in Utah, Poor, who was 17 at the time, gawked in disbelief at this blond-haired kid performing unthinkable maneuvers. Time for a career change. "I was like, 'I'm not capable of being in this game if it's going to be played like that,'" Poor said. Soon after, he landed an internship with Matchstick Productions, an action sports-film company. He borrowed money earmarked for college, purchasing an $8,000 movie camera. His career was launched. On one of his first assignments, he captured snowmobiler Jay Quinlan leaping over a spillway of a dam, soaring nearly 80 feet in the air. Not only did it make Matchstick's movie that year, it set a tone: Poor doesn't miss his shots. Dumont and Poor have collaborated quite a bit in recent years. They were in the middle of filming a documentary entitled "Transitions" when Poor was injured. Poor was part of the crew for "Poor Boyz Productions" (the name's a coincidence) that filmed "Reasons," which was named ski film of the year at the 2009 Powder Video Awards. He hopes for that honor again. "I'm realizing I'm going to be OK," said Poor, who's also the ski team manager of Nike 6.0, a youth-driven, action-sports sector of the company. "My plan is to walk out of here. But even if I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair, it's going to open up a lot of doors and opportunities for me." Poor can recall every aspect of the accident. Poor was transported to a hospital in Albany, N.Y., where he had surgery to fuse some vertebrae. After that, he was transferred to Craig to begin his rehab. Then Riley has this happen. Poor grew up admiring McConkey, who helped him get a foot in the ski-industry door. Shane took that to the next level," Poor said.


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