Man Without Limbs Swims Alaska to Russia

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Man Without Limbs Swims Alaska to Russia - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.

Imagine swimming for 2 and a half miles while you've got swells of over 6 feet and water temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It would be hard for even the most competent swimmers.

Now imagine how much harder this would be if you had no limbs?

Philippe Croizon, a quadruple amputee, performed this incredible feat on August 17th by swimming across the Bering Strait, that links Alaska to Russia.

In 1994, as the BBC reports, Philippe lost all his limbs when a high-voltage charge hit his metal ladder through a cable. Wanting to inspire others, he has been on a quest to swim across various continental links.

His Bering Strait swim took about 80 minutes and he's said this was the hardest swim of his life given the conditions.

In another example which validates that disability doesn't limit someone from living a full life, Oscar Pistorius became the first amputee to complete in track at the Olympics. Using a pair of carbon-fiber prosthetics, he was an inspiration to all as he competed in London Olympics.

What other inspirational examples have you come across?

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