Less than a month until the 2018 Winter Olympics arrive, and we don’t know about you, but we can’t wait!
We love watching athletes at the top of their game compete to see which country will prevail…and we love even more seeing athletes who have overcome major obstacles to get there.
Here are a few super inspiring athletes who are competing with hearing loss to inspire you and your loved ones that nothing can hold you back – unless you let it.
Jeff Float was the first deaf swimmer to win a gold medal when the U.S. won the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 1984 Olympics. He broke the world record by five seconds, and as he climbed out of the pool he said: “It was the first time I remember distinctly hearing loud cheers at a meet.”
Elena Yakovishina is a Russian downhill skier who competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Elena was born with a hearing impairment, but she never let it keep her from chasing her dreams.
Jim Ryun was a silver medalist in the 1,500m race in the 1968 Olympics. He later became a Republican congressman serving the 2nd district of Kansas from 1996-2007 and was responsible for introducing the Hearing Aid Tax Credit Act.
Italian boxer Carlo Orlandi was probably one of the very first deaf modern Olympians at the 1928 games. He won four straight fights to take home gold in the lightweight division.
Tamika Catchings, has been playing in the WBNA for over a decade, and appeared in three separate Olympic games, helping the US team win the Gold each time.
There is NOTHING that could or should hold you back from following your dreams.
Anyone can do anything if they’ve got enough ambition and won’t let anything keep them from shooting for the stars.
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