Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Tony Volpentest - Olympic Gold Medalist-Fastest Man in the World
FASTEST MAN IN THE WORLD
by Tony Volpentest
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.
INSPIRATION / MEMOIR / SPORTS
6x9, 210 pages, $16.95
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.