Anthony Robles is a three-time All-American wrestler, the 2011
NCAA National Wrestling Champion, and a Nike-sponsored athlete. He was also
born without his right leg. Doctors could not explain to his mother, Judy, what
had led to the birth defect; but at age five, her one-legged child scaled a
50-foot pole without assistance. From that moment on, Judy knew without a doubt
that her son would be unstoppable.
When Robles first began wrestling in high school, he was the
smallest kid on the team and finished the year in last place. But Anthony’s
family and coaches supported his decision to continue, and he completed his
last years of high school with a 96–0 record—and became a two-time Arizona
In college, Robles had to prove
himself again. Despite hardships both on and off the mat—including the
temptation to quit school and get a job to help his family when they lost their
home to foreclosure—he remained determined and became a champion once
Since winning the national
championship in March 2011, Robles has become a nationally recognized role
model for children and adults alike. But Unstoppable is not just an exciting sports memoir
or an inspirational tale of living with a disability; it is also a reminder
that anyone has the power to conquer adversity, in whatever form.
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