EP-096 Aimee Pond

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I’ve done interviews where my guests have been in closets and even interviewed a beautiful authoress who was blind, but Aimee Walker Pond is the first deaf person I’ve interviewed and she was amazing!  Aimee loves to talk and she made me want to learn ASL just so we could visit more often.  Aimee was born deaf and also blind in one eye, but she became an elite gymnast despite of her disabilities and tells everyone that you have “No Excuses” for pursuing your dreams, big or small.  Aimee is full of energy, is beautiful and kind and is currently running her own gym for budding gymnasts.  Come learn more about this incredible woman in this week’s LLS Podcast!

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Aimee Walker-Pond is an Elite Gymnast who was born deaf and blind in one eye. Despite challenge after challenge and setback after setback, Aimee rose in the gymnastics world to compete for UCLA and BYU and at the level of International Elite-a feat no athlete with comparable disabilities has accomplished in the history of the sport. Aimee overcame her health struggles, learned American Sign Language, succeeded in gymnastics, enjoyed social activities, acted in movies, traveled to Hawaii and Russia, worked hard in school, competed in college, and found romance. Bruno Grandi, President of the International Gymnastics Federation, said, “Aimee has filled our hearts with the fire of warmth and love and inspired us all to become better.” Valorie Kondos Field, head women’s gymnastics coach at UCLA and winner of six NCAA National Championships, said, “Aimee’s not deaf. She just can’t hear. Why would she need two eyes, when she has one? She has no excuses.”

To learn more about Aimee you can purchase her book: “No Excuses” on Amazon.

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