Host Chris Waddell competed in seven Paralympics, winning thirteen medals, and has done commentary for the following seven Games. He won World Championships in Alpine Skiing and Wheelchair Track and then climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in a handcycle to turn perception of disability upside down. Collaborating on an award-winning documentary movie about the effort, he felt if you don’t tell the story it didn’t happen. Typically on the road for 150-200 days a year, he’s logged millions of air miles and rented lots of cars, usually traveling alone with his racing chair or handcycle. He’s spoken to hundreds of corporations and over 400,000 students. The skiing accident that paralyzed him took his identity as a young, vibrant athlete, but he found his greatest strength and power in the uncertainty of recovery. A champion performs in the face of panic. We want to share his lesson.
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