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Kyle Maynard Inspirational Athlete, Entrepreneur & Author of No Excuses

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Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, best selling author, entrepreneur, award-winning extreme athlete, and the first man to crawl to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Kyle is the New York Times bestselling author of “No Excuses” (2005), which chronicled his life experiences, and is still in print and in demand today. He was also the focus of the moving ESPN documentary, “A Fighting Chance,” (2010) which profiled his story and the pursuit of his first MMA cage fight.

Despite being born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, he learned early on, to live life independently and without prosthetics. Kyle thrives on physical challenges and is a champion wrestler, CrossFit Certified Instructor and gym owner, competitive Mixed Martial Arts/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, world record-setting weightlifter, and skilled mountaineer.

In 2012, Kyle became the first quadruple amputee to climb – actually bear crawl – the 19,340 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics, which earned him his second ESPY award. Four years later, he reached the summit of Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua – the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, standing at 22,838 feet. Following that epic summit, Nike featured Kyle in the powerful commercial “Unlimited Will,” which debuted globally during the 2016 Olympics, and was viewed by millions around the world.

Kyle has not let his success be defined by anything or anyone but himself. As a motivational speaker, he is on a mission to inspire others to do the same by sharing his story and living by example. He tailors his speeches to his audience and travels more than 200 days annually, across continents, speaking to hundreds of schools, conferences, and the many Fortune 100 corporations – such as Microsoft, Pfizer, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Nationwide, Humana Inc., Cigna, and The Coca-Cola Company – that hire him, to share his "No Excuses" philosophy and principles.


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