December 26, 2012

Hero Week Day 1: Get It Done!

Disabled Sports USA celebrates 45 years of support for individuals with disabilities. For just about that long, Jim Martinson, too, has created opportunities to “get up and move.”

Excuses? No way. Jim Martinson says, “Nobody ever let me have a chance to feel sorry for myself.”

In 1968, he lost both legs and his index finger when struck by a land mine while serving  in Vietnam.

While recovering, Jim stayed focused on, “well, what now.” So he pursued his passion for sport and fitness. In the 1980’s he won the Boston Marathon wheelchair division, several gold medals at the Paralympics, and more recently participated in the X-Hames.

He designed lighter weight wheelchairs, the first mono-ski with a mono-shock, and is recognized as a pioneer in equipment innovations. “I can’t believe it took a Vietnam War and people like myself to make it happen. We have airplanes and autos and all those things, but I can’t believe they didn’t make this stuff for disabled people.”

Jim Martinson leads the HW honor roll for his spirit, no excuses-get-it-done attitude, and contributions to adaptive sport and fitness.

“You have to be thankful for everything you have. You’re alive for a reason, so you might as well make the best of it.”

1 mile run
100 pullups
200 pushups
300 squats
1 mile run
(partition reps as needed)


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