It never ceases to amaze me how some athletes are able to find ways to overcome challenging obstacles that stand in their way. In fact, they don't even see their circumstance as an obstacle but simply as a piece they must work through, even turning what most would view as something insurmountable into an advantage.
Their perspective is one that takes them beyond normal limitations inspiring all who know their story or are lucky enough to watch them compete. Those of you who have faced real adversity, the kind that stares you right in the face and screams out to you that, "you can't do this, you are not capable, you are not good enough, you just don't have what it takes," know exactly what I am talking about.
And so does Anthony Robles from Arizona State as he recently captured the 125-lb. weight class Division I NCAA Championship for the 2011 collegiate wrestling season.
At this point you are probably asking yourself, why so much focus on Anthony in this year's NCAA tournament, right? If you haven't heard of him or know anything about him you would have no idea what the fuss is all about. There certainly were more wrestlers than just Anthony who won NCAA titles this year. So what's so special about him?
How about the fact that he accomplished this feat having only one leg, something he has lived with his entire life as he "was born without a right leg." Check out the story at foxsports .com, Wrestler with one leg wins NCAA title.
Impressive right, however, this story would not be complete without seeing Anthony in action so here it is. Oh, and keep in mind that his final match was against the defending champion in this weight class from the previous year. WOW!!!
And you think you have it tough!
Awesome Anthony, simply awesome!