by Madison from Manhattan
|Aimee Mullins Running for the USA track team at t (google.com)
What would you do with your life if you didn't have the legs you were born with? I will tell you what Aimee Mullins did; she never thought of herself as the girl who didn't have real legs and wouldn't be able to do anything that any child would be able to do. She thought of herself as the girl who could do anything even with the obstacles that were ahead. Aimee first received worldwide attention as a track athlete. Aimee Mullins is an advocate to people with disabilities like her. Aimee could be whatever she wanted to be. She overcame many obstacles and let nothing stand in her way.
Aimee Mullins was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1976. She was born with fibulae in both legs, which is no bone in either leg. Her parents were told that she would be spending the rest of her life in a wheelchair. That did not happen, in fact on her first birthday she had both legs amputated below her knee. From then on she felt like she could be and do anything she wanted to and that was true. At age 2 she learned how to walk on prosthetic legs. Aimee spent her childhood doing normal activities with her peers swimming, biking, softball, soccer, and skiing.
Aimee overcame many obstacles, so she thought she could do track. She made the US Paralympics team in the 1996 Atlanta Games. Her track coach was Frank Gagliano, one of the most respected track coaches in the Track & Field arena. Aimee was the first woman with a disability to compete in the NCAA, on Georgetown's nationally ranked Division 1 track team. During her track time she set world records in the 100, 200, and long jump. She ran the 100 in 15.77 seconds and jumped 11ft 5in. This is quite an accomplishment for a Paralympic runner.
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Letting nothing stand in her way, Aimee became an actress and model. As a model she walked runways in London and Paris. She also did some modeling for legendary designer Alexander McQueen. Aimee performed on television shows and movies. One of the movies she starred in was Cremaster 3. She was voted as one of the 50 most beautiful women in the world. Magazines that she has been in include Life, Sports Illustrated for Women, Vogue, Glamour, and many more. Aimee was also named one of the Greatest American Women of the 20th Century.
Throughout her life Aimee accomplished many things people would have never thought possible for a handicapped person. She proved that having no legs was not a handicap. Knowing what she had to overcome pushes me to work harder every day. Through perseverance and strength she was able to do many things. When you are thinking about Aimee Mullins, think about how she always knew she could do anything, how she overcame obstacles that got in her way, how she never gave up. Then ask yourself, would you be willing to make a commitment to achieve what some would call "The impossible"?
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I am Aimee Mullins
I love to run track
I love sports
I like to model
I am an actress
I was in the 50 most beautiful people of the 20th Century
I set paralympic records
I don' have legs
I was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
I am Aimee Mullins
Running is my life,
I always wanted to win,
I set many records.