As if to serve as a reminder, this weekend just gone has given us one of the most inspiring stories you can imagine.
Anthony Robles is from Mesa, Arizona, where he was born in 1988. He wrestled throughout high school, went undefeated in his final two years (that’s 96 straight wins) and became state and national champion. He then went on to continue wrestling for Arizona State University, winning a scholarship, and three times he has been the best wrestler in his weight division in the PAC-10 division. This past weekend, in his biggest achievement to date, he again won a national title, becoming the best collegiate athlete in the 125lb weight division.
Anthony was born without his right leg, and hasn’t worn prosthetic one since he was 3 years old.
To watch this video and to see his tenacity and inability to acknowledge adversity is phenomenal. It is the definition of inspiration if it ever existed. Even his words following his victory show humility, level-headedness and courage.
"People have been asking me if I want to try out for freestyle (the Olympic style) or anything like that," says Robles.
"But I've had a great run. Started wrestling when I was a freshman in high school. It's been a great ride.
"Wrestling's been my life for nine years now. I don't know what I'm going to do without competition now. But it's been a blessing in my life. It's taught me so much. It's really helped me to become a man. And I'll be forever grateful for that."
"I really don't see missing my leg as a handicap. You know, my parents raised me strong and they didn't give me any special treatment. So, I believe I can do anything I set my mind to and wrestling is something I enjoy, I love it and I'm just trying to be best at it."
I wish Anthony all the best, and thank and congratulate him for giving us this amazing story.