THREE-TIME PARALYMPIAN, KELLY UNDERKOFLER

Guest: Kelly Underkofler

What does it mean to be born with one hand? Kelly Underkofler describes her remarkable life which took her to the pinnacle of athletic competition as a member of the U.S. Team at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Born missing the lower half of her left arm did not deter Kelly from gymnastics, soccer, Nordic skiing and biathalon. “Growing up, I never heard the word ‘disabled,'” Kelly said. “It was never a part of my vocabulary. It’s not how I live my life.”

Recently retired from competition, Kelly is passionate today about changing the way Americans think about their bodies. “In the U.S., fitness is not a way of life,” Kelly says. It is something we squeeze in, or dread, or simply ignore. Exercise and eating right need to become a natural part of our lives so that we can simply be healthy instead of working so hard to become healthy.”