When you read about extreme sports, is common to think about people jumping from planes, diving with fish, and riding skateboards. However, to imagine these people in a wheelchair, being deaf or with only one leg is almost impossible. Other than the regular extreme athletes, there are those who break all the standards and do so by not limiting themselves because of a handicap.
In this world, there are many stories about athletes that inspire, but to see and read about these types of adrenaline junkies, there is no other feeling that an immense desire to live life to the fullest. Some of these individuals who have overcome great obstacles are:
- Éric Dargent was attacked by a shark and lost his left leg. After this accident, he realized that had to live life and enjoy every single moment of it.
- Jeremy Schmidt lost his vision when he was 27 due to a rare genetic disease. Nevertheless, he continues to ski and going rock climbing.
- Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham has Spina Bifida. He has used a wheelchair since three, but one day his brother told him to try riding his bike in the park, and since then, he has.
These are just three stories out of many handicaps in the world who want to have a place to play, to have fun and to feel free. An accident is a simple part of life that can change you completely or it can change you a little. At the end, it is your choice. These athletes share many common aspects with other athletes, like the will to conquest their fears, the pain of long sessions of training and even, the joy and admiration from the fans.
Their lives are the testimony and proof that with a lot of hard work, dedication and love, nothing is impossible.