The ULTIMATE GAME CHANGER in SPORTS
The Huffington Post's Game Changers series celebrates 100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders in 12 categories who, whether working in the spotlight or under the radar, are changing how we look at the world and the way we live in it. We salute them for their willingness to look at things and take the risk of saying, "I think I have a better way."
Changed the game by ... staying a step ahead, even while missing a leg. Palmiero-Winters, age 37, and Hughes, age 8, are both below-the-knee amputees who have received artificial legs from the cutting-edge company, A Step Ahead. They are accomplished runners who embody the ways in which disabilities have become merely an obstacle to athletic triumph. In 2009, Palmiero-Winters's success as an ultra-marathoner (she runs more than 100 miles at a time) won her the James Sullivan award for best amateur athlete in the United States, and this past spring she became the first amputee to make the U.S. World Track Team. Hughes is just one example of the next generation of amputee runners, a successful triathlete on the junior circuit. Despite being one of the youngest competitors in the Aspire 5k/10K in Plainview, New York, at age 7 she finished the 5k in third place.
She said it: Palmiero-Winters: “If I had two normal legs and I run a race, yeah, it’s just winning a race. But to me, it’s much more. It’s having other people see you, see what I did face, we all have different adversities, and I’m just like everybody else."You've voted on your favorites and chosen Amy Palmiero-Winters & Catherine Hughes as the Ultimate Game Changers in Sports for 2010.
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