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A high school wrestler from St Paul, Minnesota, is wowing opponents across the country but not just with his physical strength and will-power - he also doesn't have arms or legs. 120-pound wrestler Caleb Smith was born with a rare blood disease which forced his parents to make the agonizing decision to amputate his arms below the elbows and legs below the knees when he was just three. But rather than letting his disability define him, the teenager decided to do something everyone else doubted he'd be able to cope with - wrestling.'If you see yourself as not being able to do something, at least you should try and do it,' the teenage fighter told CBS. 'If you never do it at all, you will never know if you can do it or not.' In Fifth Grade, it was that can-do attitude which encouraged him to take part in his first match. This year he won his first bout for Harding High School. And he's using his physique to help him have the competitive edge. He can move much better than his opponents and has led his school team in escapes this year. He is more easily tired than his opponents but he trains relentlessly to try and overcome the physical challenges of the sport. 'For them to run 10 yards or whatever, it takes them like 20 steps,' he told the broadcaster. 'But it takes me like 30 because my legs can only move so far.'High school coach Otto Kraus said both his sporting promise and his inspirational story make him a joy to work with. 'He's got the kind of strength people don't normally see at 120,' he said. 'Plus, the way he can move makes it hard to wrestle him.' 'A lot of parents from other teams come up and say, 'Wow, what a kid. What a story. What an inspiration''. 'And I always tell them it doesn't make you feel quite as tired as you were at the beginning of the day when you see him go out there and wrestle.' Smith is aiming to be team captain eventually Speaking to his school newspaper he played down the burden of his disability. 'I was three, so I hadn't developed writing and walking skills completely, so it was pretty easy getting used to it,' he said.
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Minnesota School Wrestler Wowing The Sport Despite Having No Arms or Legs
A high school wrestler from St Paul, Minnesota, is wowing opponents across the country but not just with his physical strength and will-power - he also doesn't have arms or legs. 120-pound wrestler Caleb Smith was born with a rare blood disease which forced his parents to make the agonizing decision to amputate his arms below the elbows and legs below the knees when he was just three. But rather than letting his disability define him, the teenager decided to do something everyone else doubted he'd be able to cope with - wrestling.'If you see yourself as not being able to do something, at least you should try and do it,' the teenage fighter told CBS. 'If you never do it at all, you will never know if you can do it or not.' In Fifth Grade, it was that can-do attitude which encouraged him to take part in his first match. This year he won his first bout for Harding High School. And he's using his physique to help him have the competitive edge. He can move much better than his opponents and has led his school team in escapes this year. He is more easily tired than his opponents but he trains relentlessly to try and overcome the physical challenges of the sport. 'For them to run 10 yards or whatever, it takes them like 20 steps,' he told the broadcaster. 'But it takes me like 30 because my legs can only move so far.'High school coach Otto Kraus said both his sporting promise and his inspirational story make him a joy to work with. 'He's got the kind of strength people don't normally see at 120,' he said. 'Plus, the way he can move makes it hard to wrestle him.' 'A lot of parents from other teams come up and say, 'Wow, what a kid. What a story. What an inspiration''. 'And I always tell them it doesn't make you feel quite as tired as you were at the beginning of the day when you see him go out there and wrestle.' Smith is aiming to be team captain eventually Speaking to his school newspaper he played down the burden of his disability. 'I was three, so I hadn't developed writing and walking skills completely, so it was pretty easy getting used to it,' he said.
Date: 3/10/13
Views: 4996
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