Corredor com paralisia cerebral fica aos prantos ao receber patrocínio da Nike

Pessoas com deficiência provavelmente sabem melhor que a maioria que a vida é sobre superar desafios e não aceitar coisas boas como garantidas. E para aqueles que enfrentam a vida e perseveram, a recompensa é mais preciosa do que qualquer outra coisa.

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Today on world Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, I reached a milestone in my running journey! Today I made Nike history and became the very first athlete with Cerebral Palsy to sign a contract with Nike! You don’t realize how realistic and emotional your dreams are until they play out before your very eyes! Signing this contract was a huge success for me and I would not have made it without my friends and family and teammates! This was perhaps the most emotional moment in my seven years of running! Growing up with a disability, the thought of becoming a professional athlete is as I have said before like the thought of climbing Mt. Everest! It is definitely possible, but the odds are most definitely not in your favor! Hard work pays off! Hundreds of miles, blood, sweat, and tears has lead me here along with a few permanent scars! But the journey is damn sure not over!!! Looking back, I would guess there is only a few select people who would see me were I am today! I have gone through just about everything in the book to be where I am today! I was once a kid in leg braces who could barely put on foot in front of the other! Now I have signed a contract with Nike Running! Trust the process! And most of all trust in God! God is good! Thank you to all my friends, family, and teammates on running club, and now a brand new atmosphere on teammates with Nike! This moment will live forever! Thank you everyone for helping show the world that there is No Such Thing As A Disability! #ProfessionalAthlete #SWOOSH #Nike72 #NikeTrackandField #NikeXC #ThereIsNoFinishLine #StrongerEveryMile #NoSuchThingAsADisability #NikeRunning #Limitless #Breaking2 Video Credits: @elevation0m

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O jovem de Eugene Justin Gallegos , do Oregon, é um estudante da Universidade de Oregon nos Estados Unidos e também é membro do clube de corrida – ele tem concorrido desde a 9ª série.

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I was recently made aware of a slight wording issue in the video that has made its way around the internet. I 100% agree with what has been brought up. Anyone who knows me, knows I do not “suffer” nor does anyone else who has CP. People have Cerebral Palsy, but don’t suffer. We are currently in the process of turning this video over to Nike. Once it is in their hands, I will make sure the video is re-edited so it says “has Cerebral Palsy”. The video is going to be taken down for business purposes and so it can be given to Nike. Please let it be known that my wonderful friends @elevation0m made this video with the best of intentions and all the goodness in their hearts. I am a big advocate for equal opportunity for disabled people especially in sports. And I want to do everything in my power to make sure disabled people are represented in the best possible light here at @nike and continue to be a voice for the community. Thank you everyone for the love and support and your corporation! #ClinicallyProven #Xendurance #StrongerEveryMile #NoSuchThingAsADisability #Recovery #GoldStandard #NikeRunning #Limitless #Breaking2 #RockTape #GoStrongerLonger #RunGum #ProAthlete #NikeXC #NikeTrackandField #Swoosh72 #Nike72 #CPStrong #EQUALITY Photo Credits: @itaiepstein

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À primeira vista, pode-se não notar nada diferente sobre ele, mas para Gallegos, correr não era algo fácil, já que ele tem paralisia cerebral (PC), o que dificulta o controle de seus membros.

Enquanto crescia, o agora colegial-júnior teve que usar um andador até o jardim de infância e teve que passar por fisioterapia. Sua luta foi vitalícia para superar a PC. Agora, Gallegos corre regularmente uma milha em 7 minutos.

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Season opener yesterday at Willamette Invitational! All time PR for the 8k! 41:47.9!! This summer I clocked over 220 miles, ran at high altitude, and my half marathon number two under my belt! Even though it wasn’t the result I wanted, I’m still thankful for the experience! Glad to see all my long miles and hard work pay yesterday!! Next stop #Sub41! Very excited all across the board about my third year here in Eugene, Oregon! Great things are coming! Very thankful for my running career and all my family, friends, supporters/fans, sponsors! God is good! #ClinicallyProven #Xendurance #StrongerEveryMile #NoSuchThingAsADisability #Recovery #GoldStandard #NikeRunning #Limitless #Breaking2 #RockTape #RunTheDay #RunGum #Sub41 #UORunningClub #Flyease #FlyeaseMentality Photo Credit: @itaiepstein

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E em abril passado, ele vivenciou um fantástico momento ao completar a Eugene Half Marathon e presenciar uma equipe de filmagem esperando para capturar o momento em que ele cruzou a linha de chegada. No começo, ele pensou que eles estavam apenas cobrindo a corrida em si, mas logo percebeu que eles estavam lá por causa dele.

John Truax, gerente de marketing de calçados da Nike, também estava lá e fez um anúncio diante de todos de que Gallegos estava sendo contratado como o primeiro atleta com paralisia cerebral a representar a empresa.

Gallegos desabou em lágrimas de alegria, abraçou Truax e desabou no chão, tomado pela emoção.

“Hoje fiz história da Nike e me tornei o primeiro atleta com Paralisia Cerebral a assinar um contrato com a Nike!”, Escreveu ele mais tarde em sua conta do blog. “Você não percebe o quão reais e emocionantes são seus sonhos até que eles estejam diante de seus olhos!”

Ele disse que o contrato foi um “enorme sucesso” para ele e que “o trabalho duro compensa”.

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Great day in at Nike World Headquarters today, my first appearance as a pro athlete! Had such a fun time filming with @coachbennett. Next time I might not take it easy on you on the track though;) Very excited for what is coming next in innovation. Some very successful meetings! Great things are coming in the Flyease world. Can’t wait for everyone to see. Thank very much to the whole footwear department for having me as the guest speaker at today’s meeting to share my story and life as a pro athlete so far. I am very humbled and honored to officially be a part of the swoosh family! I was also greeted with an amazing gift!Flyease shoes with an official logo. Thank you @m.c.palmer for the badass artwork inspired by one of my all time favorite bands @metallica!! Very excited to embark on my journey as a pro athlete and can’t wait to see where it takes me. What you put on your feet matters. Nike is more than just a logo or clothing you find on sale at a department store, it’s a lifestyle. #StrongerEveryMile #NoSuchThingAsADisability #NikeRunning #Limitless #Breaking2 #NoLimits #JG #ProAthlete #Swoosh #NikeTrackandField #NikeXC #Nike72 #Beaverton

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“Este foi talvez o momento mais emocionante dos meus sete anos de corrida!”, Escreveu Gallegos. “Crescendo com uma deficiência, o pensamento de se tornar um atleta profissional é como eu disse antes, o mesmo que pensar em escalar o Monte Everest!

Gallegos chamou a atenção da Nike pela primeira vez quando ele estava no ensino médio e ajudou a marca a criar um sapato, mais tarde chamado FlyEase, para corredores com deficiência.

Mais tarde, ele contou à Runners World que ficou surpreso ao receber o contrato.

“Estou em choque ao ver que isso está acontecendo”, disse Gallegos. “Eu sabia que eles estavam pensando em me dar um contrato, mas você não espera que isso aconteça.”

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Today I saw the Nike Flyease on the shelves for the very first time! Looking at this shoe knowing that it is on Nike shelves all across the country is an amazing feeling. Looking at these shoes knowing that I was a part of the process to help get them to the shelves is truly a priceless feeling. Working with Nike on this shoe for the past two years has been so much fun! But the journey has only just begun! Very excited to see what the next few years have in store for me with Nike! Very thankful to rep the swoosh!! And very thankful to a part of the Flyease story!! To learn more about the Nike Flyease go to Nike.com #Xendurance #StrongerEveryMile #NoSuchThingAsADisability #NikeRunning #Limitless #Breaking2 #Flyease #FlyeaseMentality #EQUALITY #SWOOSH #Nike

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Ele acrescentou que nunca pensou em se tornar um atleta profissional quando começou a correr.

“[Foi] para me tornar uma pessoa mais forte e melhorar minha qualidade de vida”, disse ele.

A história de Gallegos mostra que o trabalho duro em face da adversidade vale a pena, e ele também tem alguns conselhos para outros que enfrentam obstáculos semelhantes:

“Obrigado a todos por ajudarem a mostrar ao mundo que não existe tal coisa como uma deficiência”, concluiu ele em seu post no blog.

Inspirado atleta nascido sem pernas aprende ídolo de infância é sua irmã

 
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