Glenn Cunningham was declared to be a cripple throughout his life! But he became one of the greatest American miler
A young boy, who was caught in a fire accident in his school and was assumed that he would not live. His mother was told that he won’t survive, because terrible fire had devastated the lower half of his body. Even by luck, if he were to survive, he would be a cripple throughout his life.
This young boy who was not expected to survive, who would surely never walk, who could never hope to run, ran the world’s fastest mile in New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden, and he was Dr. Glenn Cunningham, one of the greatest American athlete of all time.
Glenn Cunningham not only survived that deadly accident, but with his tremendous will power, he did develop the ability to stand up, then to walk with a support, then to walk by himself and then to run. He began to walk to school and for the sheer joy of running, he used to run to the school. Later in college, he made it to the track team.
He competed in both the 1932 Summer Olympics as well as the 1936 Summer Olympics. He received the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States in 1933. He was even voted as the ‘Most Popular Athlete’ by his fellow Olympians. Glenn Cunningham, the ‘Kansas Ironman,’ was the world-record-holder in the mile race from 1934 until 1937. He was graduated from the University of Kansas, then earned a master’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1936, and a Ph.D. in physical education from New York University in 1940.
Glenn Cunningham continues to be an inspiration for many. He is considered as the epitome of the power of positive thinking, one whose brilliant and ever inspiring testimony encourages everyone to bounce back all odds.