The world could be an extremely cold place for those of us who are born
different. Children who are born with physical challenges yearn for
acceptance from their pears and deeply look for success stories from others
alike. Ice skater, Christi Yamaguchi, has been an inspiration to disabled
children everywhere, specially the ones who were born with clubfeet.
This ice princess has an even more remarkable story than becoming an ice
skater in the United States Olympic team. 1.The incidence of clubfoot is
approximately 1 case per 1000 live births in the United States. Not so long
ago growing up with such a deformity made doctors, teachers, and even
parents almost directly discourage children from physical sports, mostly a
decision made to shield children from disappointing outcomes, and ridicules
from their fellow athletes. Much like other children alike, Yamaguchi was
faced with physical challenges from day one but with severe perseverance,
and pure belief in herself made her triumph in the face of challenge.
Christi Yamaguchi native of California was born on July 12, 1971. Although
being born beautiful and otherwise a pretty healthy little girl, when she
was born her parents immediately noticed something wrong with her feet –
they were deformed, pointing inward and curling under. She was made to wear
casts and foot braces for the first two years of her young life in order to
correct the problem. Her casts were changed every twoweeks and as she got
older special shoes were bought to help aide in her condition. Not wanting
her child to be any different than the others Carole, her mother,
encouraged Kristi to take up dancing and skating to strengthen her legs.
Limitation was never part of her vocabulary and her future became clear to
her when a 5 year old Kristi watched Dorothy Hamill’s golden showing in the
1976 Olympics setting her dreams at one day being one of the most famous
and unforgettable ice skaters/performers of our time.
Christy Yamaguchi, a perfect example of how our hopes and dreams have no
limits and boundaries, so why should we let our bodies have that option.
Clubfeet a deformity of the foot was once treated as a physical challenge,
keeping graceful sports like ice skating out of the reach of our children
sport options, but now the only challenge related to this deformity is how
far can you push yourself to succeed against your own odds?
Links of research.
1.http://www.emedicine.com/orthoped/topic598.htm ) an article written by