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A story of Motivation, Amazing Human Beings who have overcome their disabilities and inspired the world!

Bethany Hamilton – Devotions for the Soul Surfer: Daily Thoughts to Charge Your Life


Bethany Hamilton made national headlines on Halloween morning 2003 when she was attacked by a shark off the coast of her favorite Hawaii beach. She maintained her courage, strength, and most importantly, faith, throughout the months that followed and has become a great example to Christian young women everywhere.

In this devotional Bethany writes on topics such as Christian witness, regret, identity, beauty, and family for teen girls in the warm and friendly tone of a Hawaii surfin’ girl.

(born February 8, 1990, Lihue, Hawaii) is an Australian professional surfer. She is known for surviving a shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, for overcoming the injury to ultimately return to professional surfing and for being incredibly racist towards gays. She wrote about her experience in the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. In April 2011, the feature film Soul Surfer was released, based on the book and additional interviews. She has appeared on many television shows since the loss of her arm.

Sarah Reinertsen – In a Single Bound: Losing My Leg, Finding Myself, and Training for Life


An inspiring memoir of courage, spirit, and determination

“A must-read for disabled readers seeking inspiration for their dreams, and will hold the interest—and crush the excuses – of those training for marathons and triathlons.”—Kirkus Reviews

Sarah Reinertsen was born with a congenital birth defect. At the age of seven, her leg was amputated. At the age of thirteen, she broke the 100-meter world record for female above-the-knee amputees. At the age of thirty, she became the first female leg-amputee to complete the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. A year later, in CBS’s reality television show The Amazing Race 10, she scaled the Great Wall of China. This book tells her story.

Touching, funny, and honest, In a Single Bound is the story of how a feisty little girl from Long Island became one of the world’s most famous disabled sports figures. But it is also a gripping memoir of inner strength, about a one-legged child trying to fit in with her two-legged friends —about a woman who dared to fear less and live more.

Born: (May 22, 1975) is an American athlete. She was the first female leg amputee to complete the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. [1] She first attempted to finish the race in 2004, but was disqualified when she failed to meet the qualifying time for the bike leg by 15 minutes. She returned in 2005 and completed the race in just over 15 hours. Besides marathons and triathlons, Sarah has also competed in bicycle races. She was born with proximal femoral focal deficiency, a bone-growth disorder which eventually led to her becoming an above-the-knee amputee at the age of seven. [2] After the amputation, she began to run track and broke the 100-meter world record for female above-the-knee amputees at the age of 13. She was formerly the marketing coordinator for Ossur and spokesperson for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. [3] She was featured on the cover of Runner’s World and was named one of the first eight “Heroes of Running” in the magazine. [4] She has also appeared on the cover of Triathlete magazine [5] and Max Sports & Fitness [6] magazine. Since 1991, she has recorded a number of athletic accomplishments:

Setting world records in the 100 m, 200 m, 400 m in her division (T42); Becoming the youngest member of the 1992 U.S. Paralympic Team to go to Barcelona; Conquering seven marathons (NYC 1997, 1998; LA 1998, 1999; Millennium New Zealand 2000; London 2002; and Boston 2004); Holding the world record in the half marathon (2:12) and the marathon (5:27) for above-knee amputee women. [7]

In 2006, she used the Ossur Total Knee 2000 and Talux Foot as she competed with her then-boyfriend Peter Harsch on The Amazing Race 10. They finished the race in 7th place. A native of Huntington, New York (and a Huntington High School graduate), she now lives and trains in Orange County, California. She also works as a motivational speaker.

She won the 2006 Best Female Athlete with a Disability ESPY Award.

She is featured in a 2007 ad campaign for the Lincoln MKZ.

Oscar Pistorius – Blade Runner: my story


Oscar Pistorius’s inspirational memoir tells of an incredible, emotional journey from disabled toddler to international sports phenomenon. At 11 months old, Oscar Pistorius had both his legs amputated below the knee. His mother wrote a letter to be read by Oscar when he was grown up: “A loser is not one who runs last in the race. It is the one who sits and watches, and has never tried to run.” On discovering that their son had been born with no fibulae, Oscar’s parents made the difficult decision to have both his legs amputated, giving him the best possible chance of a normal life. Oscar received his first pair of prosthetic legs at just 17 months, made specifically for him. From then on he became invincible: running, climbing, and, with the encouragement of his older brother, getting into any mischief he could. Throughout the course of his life Oscar has battled to overcome extraordinary difficulties to prove that, with the right attitude, anything is possible. Now a world-renowned athlete holding two Paralympic world records for the 100m and 200m, Oscar faces his ultimate fight—to fulfill the dream of competing at the 2012 Olympics. Blade Runner charts the extraordinary development of one of the most gifted sportsmen and inspirational figures on the planet, from immobilized child to world-class sprinter. This new edition is fully revised and updated and contains exclusive new chapters and pictures, as well as sporting a brand new cover design. If he qualifies to compete in the Olympics, he WILL make history and the coverage of his achievement will be extensive. Oscar Pistorius is “the titan of the track” (the Star) having won three gold medals at the Paralympics in Beijing for the 100m, 200m, and 400m.

(born 22 November 1986) is a South African sprint runner. Pistorius, who has double below-knee amputations, competes in T44 (single below knee amputees) events though he is actually classified in T43 (double below knee amputee). [10] He is the T44 world record holder for the 200 and 400 metres events, and was previously the world record holder for the 100 metres as well.

In 2007, Pistorius took part in his first international competitions for able-bodied athletes. However, his Flex-Foot Cheetah carbon fibre transtibial prostheses gave rise to claims that he had an unfair advantage over able-bodied runners. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) amended its competition rules to ban the use of “any technical device that incorporates springs, wheels or any other element that provides a user with an advantage over another athlete not using such a device”. The Federation said that the amendment was not specifically aimed at Pistorius. After monitoring his track performances and carrying out tests, scientists took the view that Pistorius enjoyed considerable advantages over athletes without prosthetic limbs. On the strength of these findings, on 14 January 2008 the IAAF ruled him ineligible for competitions conducted under its rules, including the 2008 Summer Olympics. This decision was reversed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 16 May 2008, the Court ruling that, since he was slower out of the blocks than an able-bodied athlete there was insufficient evidence that Pistorius had an overall net advantage over able-bodied athletes.

Although eligible to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Pistorius did not qualify for the South African team. In his attempt to qualify for the 400 metres he achieved third place and a personal best time of 46.25 seconds in Lucerne, Switzerland, on 16 July 2008, short of the Olympic qualification time of 45.55 seconds. Nor was he selected by the South African Olympic Committee for the 4 × 400 metres relay team; four other runners had achieved better times. At the 2008 Summer Paralympics, he won gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400 metres (T44) sprints.

With his 400 metres time of 45.07 seconds on 19 July 2011, he achieved the “A” qualifying standard for the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Summer Olympics. At the Championships, he participated in the 400 metres sprint and the 4 × 400 metres relay. He was eliminated in the semifinal of the 400 metres sprint (finishing last with a time of 46.19 seconds), but, as part of South Africa’s silver medal winning relay team, he became the first amputee to win an able-bodied world track medal although he was not selected for the final.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Pistorius became the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics when he entered the men’s 400 metres race and was part of South Africa’s 4 × 400 metres relay team. He also took part in the 2012 Summer Paralympics, where he entered the men’s 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres races in the T44 classification, and in the T42–T46 4 × 100 metres relay. He won gold medals in the men’s 400 metre race in a Paralympic record time of 46.68 seconds and in the 4 × 100 metres relay in a world record time of 41.78 seconds. He also took a silver in the 200 metres race, having set a world record of 21.30 seconds in the semifinal.

Kyle Maynard – No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life


Born without arms or legs below his elbows and knees, Kyle Maynard excels as a champion athlete, inspirational speaker, college student, and male model. “No Excuses” is his inspirational autobiography.

(March 24, 1986) is a speaker, author, and ESPY Award-winning mixed martial arts athlete, known for achieving all this despite being a congenital amputee.

Maynard works as a speaker for the Washington Speaker’s Bureau, specializing in motivational speeches. [1] He is the author of the memoir No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life . He has been featured on talk shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live.

Maynard has trained in mixed martial arts (MMA). A documentary film, A Fighting Chance, focuses on his MMA efforts. His amateur debut fight was at Auburn Fight Night at the Auburn Covered Arena in Auburn, Alabama on April 25, 2009. He lost his first mixed martial arts fight to Bryan Fry on a unanimous 30–27 judges’ decision. Maynard received the ESPN Espy Award for Best Athlete With A Disability in 2004. [1] He attended the University of Georgia, but dropped out shortly after starting his education. [2] He has modeled for clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. [citation needed] Kyle Maynard is also the owner of No Excuses Crossfit gym located in Suwanee, GA. [3]

On 15 Jan 2012, Maynard became the first quadruple amputee to climb Mount Kilimanjaro without assistance, by crawling all 19,340 feet. [4]

Jim Abbott– Imperfect : An Improbable Life


On an overcast September day in 1993, Jim Abbott took the mound at Yankee Stadium and threw one of the most dramatic no-hitters in major-league history. The game was the crowning achievement in an unlikely success story, unseen in the annals of professional sports. In Imperfect, the one-time big league ace retraces his remarkable journey.

Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott as a boy dreamed of being a great athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by parents who saw in his condition not a disability but an extraordinary opportunity, Jim became a two-sport standout in high school, then an ace pitcher for the University of Michigan.

But his journey was only beginning.

As a nineteen-year-old, Jim beat the vaunted Cuban National Team. By twenty-one, he’d won the gold medal game at the 1988 Olympics and—without spending a day in the minor leagues—cracked the starting rotation of the California Angels. In 1991, he would finish third in the voting for the Cy Young Award. Two years later, he would don Yankee pinstripes and deliver a one-of-a-kind no-hitter.

It wouldn’t always be so good. After a season full of difficult losses—some of them by football scores—Jim was released, cut off from the game he loved. Unable to say good-bye so soon, Jim tried to come back, pushing himself to the limit—and through one of the loneliest experiences an athlete can have.

But always, even then, there were children and their parents waiting for him outside the clubhouse doors, many of them with disabilities like his, seeking consolation and advice. These obligations became Jim’s greatest honor.

In this honest and insightful memoir, Jim Abbott reveals the insecurities of a life spent as the different one, how he habitually hid his disability in his right front pocket, and why he chose an occupation in which the uniform provided no front pockets. With a riveting pitch-by-pitch account of his no-hitter providing the ideal frame for his story, this unique athlete offers readers an extraordinary and unforgettable memoir.

I have just picked a few heroes who have inspiring books! check them out! This Article goes out to everyone who has the courage to face the day and each that come after, no matter what the obstacles…


2 responses

  1. Awesome article.

    October 5, 2014 at 1:08 PM

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