Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and ESPY award-winning mixed martial arts athlete, known for becoming the first quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua without the aid of prosthetics.
Despite being born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation—which left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees—he learned early on, with the support of his family, to live life independently and without prosthetics. Kyle thrives on physical challenges and following a few rough middle school football seasons, he went on to become a champion wrestler, CrossFit certified instructor, gym owner, competitive MMA/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, world record-setting weightlifter and skilled mountaineer.
Oprah Winfrey called Kyle “one of the most inspiring young men you will ever hear about.” Arnold Schwarzenegger described him as “the real deal,” “a champion human,” and “one of the most inspiring people” he’s ever met. Even the great Wayne Gretzky has spoken of Kyle’s “greatness.”