Brad how are you at ice skating? you know, it’s funny, I’m not terrible I took a basics ice skating class as an elective in college I can do a hockey stop and I can skate backwards okay wow, that’s actually way better than every other question I’ve asked you on these but you’re nowhere near Greg Westlake, who is a Paralympic hockey player, he is a double amputee and he wanted to be in the NHL, but his story now is even better, check it out I was actually born with both my feet, but they were never going to be fully functional so it was just a decision between my parents and the doctors to do the amputation when I was just months old I’m missing both my feet, so I’m a double leg amputee below the knee I learned to skate when I was 3-4 years old on two artificial legs and grew up playing stand up hockey for me the frustrating thing was not excelling in the way I thought I should in my mind in my mind I was put on this Earth to play hockey it’s all I’ve wanted to since I came out of the womb I just didn’t understand why I couldn’t be that first guy in the NHL with two artificial legs I didn’t know what sledge hockey was growing up I’d never met somebody that was in a wheelchair, I had never played against somebody else that was missing a leg or something like that so since I was 15-16 years old I got to go out and try sledge hockey and was able to really look at it for what it was and that’s an amazing sport when I met the players on team Canada growing up and just saw how seriously they took the sport, how skilled they were and I just knew right then I needed to be a part of it mentally because I grew up playing stand up hockey, I knew the basics so for me it was about learning a new skill set, how do I learn to shoot with one hand, how do I shoot with my left hand how do I become ambidextrous, and that’s a lot of work for me the winter Paralympics is an A+ grade A sporting event when you’re a kid in Canada, and you get to watch other people who wear that jersey and play hockey for team Canada, that’s a very special thing I’ve met the best people in my life through Paralympic sport every day bad things happen to everybody on this Earth it’s how you take these negatives and move on and I don’t think there’s a better example out there than the Paralympics super inspiring, I think one of the interesting things he talks about how he was trying to compete to be in the NHL so he had all the basic skills and then just adapted for the Paralympics and the Paralympic sport just an incredible, competitive guy, unbelievable I think it’s really cool to watch these guys skate and compete and best of luck to them in the upcoming games and I love the quote “bad stuff happens every single day ,but it’s not about what happens to you, it’s about what you do with that” and that is just so awesome and he says the Paralympics are the utmost example of that, of people who had a bad situation who have made the best of it, and have become the best in the world at what they do

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