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The Heroic Minds Podcast

Jun 29, 2018

Brenna Huckaby is up for Best Female Athlete With a Disability at the 2018 ESPY Awards and is the first Paralympian to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition.

Brenna was a nationally ranked gymnast when osteosarcoma took her leg and career when she was only 14 years old.

Now she is a two-time Paralympic Gold Medalist from the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. One gold in the snowboard-cross and one in the banked slalom.

In this episode we talk about how literally getting off the couch turned her life around and allowed her to push the limits of life regardless of her amputation.

From swimming to water skiing, to olympic gold in snowboarding, to prosthetic malfunction mid-race, to defying her odds of giving birth. We even discuss Brenna's future goals of competing in the summer Olympics and driving a standard vehicle.

Diagnosis (3:00)

Swimming & Waterskiing (8:30)

Control & Healing (11:45)

Forced to Walk (14:20)

Beginning of Snowboarding (19:00)

Okay to Lie to Yourself (21:30)

"Adaptive" (28:00)

"A New Normal" (36:50)

Miracle Daughter (39:20)

Gold Medals (41:00)

"Why Am I Here?" (42:00)

Inherent Stress in Success (50:00)

Building Up Men & Women (54:00)

"Nothing I Cannot Do" (59:00)


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Work Cited:

Huisman, E. R. C. M., et al. "Healing environment: A review of the impact of physical environmental factors on users." Building and environment 58 (2012): 70-80. (Link)