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Most athletes can only dream of running in the Olympics. Tony Volpentest not only achieved this dream but rose to the top of his sport. This accomplishment is all the more incredible because Tony was born without hands or feet, yet was a four-time Paralympic Gold Medalist and five-time World Champion in the sprint distances.

Tony’s condition is rare—afflicting 1 in 500,000. Yet Tony never considered himself disabled. As a high-school sophomore, he decided to try out for the track team, mostly in an effort to make friends. Competing against able-bodied runners, Tony ran in “half-shoes” that fit over his limbs—which made running around the track more like balancing on stilts. Still, Tony never gave up and his desire to do better, step by step, propelled him forward.

With the help of a teacher who found out about athletic competitions for disabled athletes, Tony got the resources and coaching he needed to nurture his innate strength and natural athletic abilities. Astonishingly, by the age of only 17, he broke records and competed with the finest disabled athletes in the world. He chose to be classified as a single amputee, rather than as a double amputee—physically more difficult for him—because he wanted to run in a more competitive category. This was the start of an amazing athletic career that lead to Tony being called “the fastest man in the world.” This year, Tony has been nominated for his outstanding accomplishments in track and field, to the 2012 Olympic Hall of Fame.

Tony’s message is simple, yet profound: “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” He has achieved athletic success, but that is only the beginning of his incredible story. Today, Tony has established a foundation to work with disabled children under 18, who have the will but lack the resources to achieve their dreams. He also works with veterans from the conflicts in the Middle East, who have become disabled whiles valiantly serving our country. Tony has also written a memoir FASTEST MAN IN THE WORLD: THE TONY VOLPENTEST STORY, published by Bettie Youngs Books, www.bettieyoungsbooks.com which will be on shelves in July to coincide with the Olympics.

Runner Tony Volpentest, 
born without hands or feet
 is nominated to the Olympic Hall of Fame, Class of 2012

"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."    -Jesse Owens

Tony Volpentest has been breaking world records and winning Olympic gold medals since 1992. He’s a World Champion sprinter and was honored to carry the Olympic flame at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. But it is not so much the medals he sports that make him admirable; it is the grit and determination that got him there. In the Fastest Man in the World, Tony shares his incredible journey.

Tony Volpentest is inspirational from the first moment you meet him.  His message is there is greatness in all of us—and that attaining it is about pushing yourself beyond your perceived limits.

He isn’t saying it’s easy—just that the formula works. In high school, Tony joined the track team knowing “nobody got cut.” He came in last at every race but pushed on. By his senior year in high school, he lettered and was finishing second and third place consistently and his times were close to Paralympic world records. He knew if he visualized himself breaking those world records, he could.

And he did. Though born without hands or feet, he is the fastest runner in the world. He is a four-time Gold Medalist and five-time World Champion sprinter.



JULY 2012

ISBN: 978-1-936332-00-7

ePub: 978-1-936332-01-4

6x9, 210 pages, $16.95 BISAC: BIO26000; SPO046000; FAM016000


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July 2012                    
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Foreword by H. Ross Perot

Throughout history, individuals have been remembered for different reasons, including leadership on the battlefield, in legislative chambers, or at religious institutions. Others are remembered for overcoming obstacles and exceeding expectations. Tony Volpentest is one of those individuals. When I first heard about Tony, like most people I was impressed with his athletic ability. It's rare enough to find world-class athletes who did not start practicing their sport until high school. How often do you encounter one who did so after having been born without feet or hands? And how often does even a world-class athlete go on to win several gold medals and set world records at the Paralympics-with finishing times only one second greater than those of Olympic sprinters who were not wearing prosthetics? As this remarkable book shows, he does it through determination, humor, dedication, and incredible tenacity. I've known Tony for more than 20 years, and he has taught me what it means to live the words of Winston Churchill's shortest speech: "Never give in, never give in, never, never, NEVER!” Tony's story is not just about him. One of the most important values I hold is the role of loving parents raising their children, and Tony's life reflects the benefits of this. He was blessed with a family that supported and encouraged him, providing the support that helped him succeed. Still, in order to achieve goals that most of us have only dreamed of, he had to overcome obstacles that few of us could even imagine facing. If a man with no feet or hands can transform himself into one of the fastest human beings alive, and can go out and show the world what victory really means, what excuse do you or I have for failing to push ourselves toward our own brand of achievement? There's a saying: "You don't know if you can do it until you try.” Winning Gold is the inspiring story of what trying really means. Tony Volpentest not only tried, he succeeded beyond anyone's wildest dreams-except possibly his own. Enjoy this very powerful story. -H. Ross Perot

Foreword by H. Ross Perot