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Inspiration From Italo Romano

As a 13 year old boy, Italo Romano was playing on a train with friends when he fell between carriages and nearly lost his life. The near tragic accident cost Italo both legs. Amazingly, the accident did not thwart his adventure seeking behavior however.

Italo never gave up on life. Instead, he remained active and eventually took up skateboarding. Within a few years, he is rated amongst the best in the business, even surpassing many able-bodied competitors. He recently made it to the finals at the Tampa Pro 2012 competition (story here).

Check out the video below to see Italo in action.

Who would have thought that anyone could become so successful on a skateboard without legs? Probably no one. That’s the point though. It isn’t up to others to decide what we as individuals attempt to achieve. Find out for yourself.


In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. – Miguel de Cervantes

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6 Comments so far

  1. Luke April 29th, 2012 8:26 am

    Seriously one of the most amazing things I’ve seen in a long long time. I’ve skated for many years and never became all that good at it, though I have fun on a board. Italo Romano does it much better than I ever could.

    Seriously, what the mind can think and believe, it can achieve. This is inspiration I’ll take with me about not letting accidents, events or small things in life getting me down.

    Thanks for sharing Ross!

  2. Eli April 30th, 2012 9:45 am

    I don’t think I could have said it any better than Luke.

    Thank you again Ross.

  3. Igloo May 1st, 2012 2:07 am

    That guy’s got some amazing moves man.

  4. Phil May 3rd, 2012 7:42 am

    Well, doesn’t that put all our excuses into context? Hell, there’s really no such thing as a valid excuse, only an exposure of our limits and comfort zones. If a blind man can climb Everest and Italo Romano can skate like that, then the sky really is the limit.

  5. Zach man May 3rd, 2012 9:44 pm

    I agree, Luke’s statement is spot on. It has been awhile since I’ve visited the site, I will say this though it’s good see worthwhile material to watch and read. Keep it up Ross.

  6. nunh May 7th, 2012 8:50 pm

    Kid is awesome – his moves are awesome – this sure brightened my day!

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