11-Year-old national champ recovers from accident

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Eleven-year-old Kayla Hankins just won the USA Cycling Track National Championships. She also set a new record in the 500 Sprint. A week after winning the track title, she was competing in the Road National Championships when she crashed at over 35 miles per hour.

"I basically did a flip, kinda flipped over her," recalls the cycling phenom. "It didn’t knock me out, but I remember it was pretty intense."

Kayla broke her jaw in three places. She spent time in three different hospitals, including Phoenix Children’s in Arizona where she received numerous stitches and her jaw was wired shut.
 
She is now recovering at her Scottsdale home with her family.
 
Even a wired-shut jaw can’t keep Kayla from telling us about her soon-to-be-accomplished goals.
 
"I really want to get an Olympic gold and I would really enjoy racing the Tour de France" she said. "Even though it's only for men, I shall be the first woman."