RUMSON, NJ - 23-year-old A.J. Muss recently learned he made the United States snowboarding team for the Winter Games in South Korea. His road to the Olympics has not been easy. In April 2014, A.J. had a rare reaction to shoulder surgery which stopped his heart. He was placed in a medically induced coma for 2 weeks. The trauma damaged his brain and he had to re-learn how to read and write, and he still suffers from some memory loss. A.J. went from being on life support to being an Olympian.
“Coming out of a coma, it’s life-changing,” he said. “It’s honestly made me a better athlete. I know life can be taken from me at any time, so I go at it with everything I have.”