Anthony Robles was born without a right leg.
He didn’t let that slow him down.
He went out for wrestling in high school.
The 90 pounder knew nothing about the sport.
He was “terrible” he said about his early matches.
But he was an eager student and he learned fast.
He won a national high school championship.
None of the big wrestling schools offered a scholarship.
So he wrestled at nearby Arizona State.
He worked like a madman in the gym.
As a 125-pound wrestler, he bench pressed 305 pounds.
That’s lifting twice his weight with his arms and chest.
He charged up hills on crutches with his teammates.
Fans found in him more than just a winning athlete.
He became an inspirational example of perseverance.
He was tenacious. He was gutty. He never quit.
He made it to the national college finals in Philadelphia.
Normally calm, he felt ill before the final match.
He thought he would either throw up or cry.
He faced defending champion Matt McDonough.
He hopped onto the mat and the two went at it.
Robles was clearly the more committed athlete.
The defending champion went down.
Robles became the new champion three days ago.
Don’t you love a story like this?
A young person overcomes a severe handicap.
He becomes a role model for others.
Now answer me this:
How many arms and legs do you have?
How much heart and how many brain cells?
What’s stopping you from being the best you can be?
Don't get defensive. Get going.
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