Raising the Bar / JAMIE NIETO / 100 Huntley Street
James Earl “Jamie” Nieto is an American high jumper. His personal best jump was achieved at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. But in 2016 a maneuver went seriously wrong for Jamie while coaching some jumpers when he showed them his backflip expertise. He pushed off with one foot on the artificial turf, and it slipped, forcing him straight back instead of into a somersault. The full weight of his body crashed on his neck. Jamie had surgery to fuse a disk in his neck and when he awoke, he could only shrug his shoulders and flex his quadriceps muscles. Today Jamie is the C.E.O. of Raising The Bar Entertainment.