Kyle Maynard was born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees. Despite that, he wrestles at a very high level. He has also set records in weightlifting, does martial arts and crawled up Mt. Kiliminjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
I interviewed him for Journey To Success Radio show. It was an amazing experience for me.
Kyle was born in 1986 with a condition known as congenital amputation. His parents, Scott and Anita, had no idea their firstborn son would be born with a disability, but they made a critical decision early on to drive him to be as independent as possible — beginning what Kyle calls his “pursuit of normalcy.” And consequently, with basically two elbows he can type up to fifty words per minute on a normal keyboard, eat and write without any adaptations, drive a vehicle that has little modification, and live on his own in a three-story townhouse in Atlanta, GA.
Kyle’s athletic journey began as an 11-year-old that wanted to wrestle and a coach that gave him an opportunity to try. After losing every single match his first year and most his second, Maynard, with his iron will and parents who wouldn’t let him give up on himself, found a way to win 36 varsity matches his senior year; defeating several state place finishers and state champions during his final season. Maynard also began weight training at the same age, and after a very modest start, he attained the title “GNC’s World’s Strongest Teen” by bench pressing 23 repetitions of 240 lbs. In February of 2009, with leather straps and chains attached to his arms, he successfully lifted 420 lbs.
But Kyle Maynard’s accomplishments extend far beyond the wrestling mat or weight room. He is the 2004 ESPY Award winner (Best Athlete with a Disability), and a year later was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was elected by the U.S. Jaycees as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Americans. In 2008, Maynard received the Highest Recognition Award of the Secretary of Health and Human Services for his efforts as a life role model, motivational speaker and humanitarian.
Faced with impossible challenges Kyle Maynard lives life with No Excuses
He was born a congenital amputee, his arms ending at his elbows and his legs at his knees. But that didn’t stop Kyle Maynard from becoming a champion, on the wrestling mat and in his life.
NO EXCUSES is the inspiring story of Kyle’s battle against the odds. You’ll learn about the family who supported him, the coach who trained him, and the faith that strengthened him to face the toughest fights.
In addition to Kyle Maynard’s amazing story, revealed in its entirety for the first time, you’ll learn about:
· How Kyle’s parents dealt with the shock of his birth
· Why they allowed him "no excuses"—and how that benefited Kyle as he learned to eat, type, write, and live without hands
· How Kyle earned his way onto the football team—as a hardnosed defensive lineman
· How Kyle triumphed as a top state wrestler in Georgia
· The core values that Kyle gained from his coach, his family, and the demands of competition
· How Kyle’s own incredible success met a new barrier: from the federal government, which blocked him from a future NCAA wrestling career.
· How Kyle has changed people’s minds and opinions on the value of life
· The principles that have made Kyle a champion.
NO EXCUSES is a book about a courageous young man who faced the seemingly impossible challenge to live a normal life—and won a phenomenal victory.