LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – Two weeks after Misty Diaz was born, doctors diagnosed her with the most serious form of spina bifida and told her parents she would not be able to walk or even feed herself on her own.
Not only is she able to do all that and much more, the triathlete has broken records and won more than 130 medals.
The 30-year-old, who has had 28 surgeries, is a four-time world champion, having competed in obstacle-endurance competitions calledSpartan Races.
Contestants in those races have to climb walls, throw spears and even carry sandbags for miles at a time.
Last weekend, Diaz finished her race in just 30 minutes, a feat now being considered for entry into Guinness World Records.
“It’s just my focal point is getting to that finish line. It’s not me having to grab my crutches, me having to explain to somebody, me having to be stared at. I’m looked at in a different light,” Diaz said.