Tony Volpentest

Born without hands or feet, Tony Volpentest made his international debut as a 17-year-old, winning three golds at the 1990 World Championships. Tony Volpentest is a four-time Gold Medalist and five-time World Champion sprinter (he carried the Olympic flame at the 1996 Olympics) and still holds 3 world records and now works with others pursuing gold, and speaks to audiences around the world on the importance of excelling in pushing beyond perceived limits and renewing determination.

His memoir, Fastest Man In The World: The Tony Volpentest Story (Bettie Youngs Books, July 2012) guides readers on an incredible journey through the mindset of an Olympic Champion.

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Today’s Brilliance from Tony Volpentest

At 15 months old, I pulled myself up and took my first steps in my family’s suburban Seattle living room, walking stiff-legged across the carpeted floor. While most parents consider this a milestone of child development, for my parents this simple act was nothing short of miraculous. You see, I was born without hands and feet and I have been proving the experts wrong ever since. First walking unassisted, and eventually doing the unimaginable–becoming a world-class sprinter, winner of four gold medals and nominated to the Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2012. My motto has always been, ‘If you… Read more.