A Fighting Chance

Kyle Maynard was born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation.  He entered this world without arms below his elbows or legs below his knees.  Yet, at the age of 26 years old Kyle Maynard has accomplished more than most people do in an entire lifetime.  Kyle is a true fighter and fearless warrior in every sense of the word.  He has built his entire life around making the very most out of every “fighting chance” he has been given. 

Kyle began his unlikely journey into the world of athletics at the age of 11.  He asked his parents if he could join the wrestling team and despite their obvious concerns, they encouraged him to give it a try.  Year one did not go so well for Kyle.  He lost every single match, and in his second year of wrestling things did not get any better.  After two years of failure many people would have given up, and you really couldn’t have blamed them.  Some things just aren’t meant to be.  However, for Kyle Maynard wrestling was meant to be, and he would stop at nothing to succeed.  In his senior year of high school Kyle won 36 varsity matches defeating state place winners and champions along the way.  Now, at just 26 years old, Kyle’s list of athletic accomplishments is truly extraordinary.  Here are a few of his accomplishments to date: 
  • Awarded GNC World’s Strongest Teen – Bench-pressed 240 lbs. for 23 repetitions
  • Inducted into USA National Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Winner of 2 ESPY awards for athletic achievement (2004 & 2012)
  • Competed in an amateur MMA fight
  • Certified CrossFit instructor and gym owner
  • Climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in Africa) 
After seeing all that Kyle has been able to achieve at such a young age, it is hard to think of many good excuses why we can’t achieve our own dreams.  All we need is a fighting chance.  Check out the awesome trailer to Kyle Maynard’s inspiring documentary below.

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