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Michael Milton – Unstoppable, Even on One Leg!

For Michael Milton, skiing was almost second nature. Born into a family of skiers, Michael learned to ski by the time he was three years old. But then when he was nine, tragedy struck. Michael was diagnosed with bone cancer, and as a result of the disease he lost a leg. At the time, Michael’s only question was “Will I be able to ski?” Soon after, he watched a video of a skiier with only one leg, and that was all it took – Michael knew he would one day ski again.

Today, learning to ski again is only one of the many amazing things Michael has accomplished. Not only did he learn to ski again, but he went on to become a world champion skiier. In addition, Michael has excelled in other sports, even after a second bout of cancer, and has achieved great success in cycling and most recently a triathlon!

In this video, Michael tells his incredible story.

Additional Resources:

  • Here is Michael’s website!
  • Here is another IMK post about athletes who have overcome their disabilities to excel in their sports!

Topics for Discussion:

  • How would it feel to suddenly find out you had to lose an arm or a leg?
  • Michael is quoted as saying “it’s only a leg”. How do you think he is able to have such a positive attitude?

Take Action:

  • Visit the Athletes with Disabilities Network website to learn more about these amazing athletes and how you can support them!
  • Visit the U.S. Paralympic Team website to learn more about these athletes, their Olympic games, and how you can support them!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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