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SOUTH AFRICA — They're called extreme sports for a reason.
While most sports require a certain level of athletic ability, extreme sports take it to the next level by also requiring quite a bit of bravery in the face of dangerous situations. Which is why it's always exciting to get to know the people who are both talented enough to master an extreme sport and brave enough to try.
Kaylin "Kayla" Oliphant is one of the best in the game when it comes to car spinning, an extreme motorsport that's quickly gaining popularity in South Africa. In this video from Great Big Story, 17-year-old Kayla talks about how she got into the sport and what she thinks of its growing popularity.
"I always grew up with a passion for cars, and especially high speed," Kayla says in the video. "When you're in the car, the world is blanked off. You're doing what you love, and you forget all your problems."
Car spinning, if you're not familiar with the sport, is exactly what it sounds like. Spinners get in a car and drive it at high speeds while spinning around and trying not to pop the tires. During competitions, participants have to complete a track set out by a panel of judges.
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The sport only recently started getting more popular in South Africa because it used to be illegal. Now, it's performed in a controlled venue, which gives people like Kayla a chance to thrive. She has her own customized car and is one of only a few women in the sport.
"Spinning has taught me a lot," Kayla says. "It has taught me to be confident in myself; it has taught me that whether you make mistakes, it doesn't matter. Just carry on or try again. You will get through."
Even though most of us should definitely not try out this extreme sport, because we aren't trained and are not at a controlled venue, I think we can all learn from Kayla's wisdom. So, take her positive attitude to heart and enjoy watching her spin in the video.