Meet The Athlete Who Wants To Be The Worlds Fastest Runner
Meet Liam Malone. He’s ready to become the worlds fastest runner. Liam is currently a two time Paralympic gold medalist who says artificial limbs will be the new body enhancement. He was born with fibular hemimelia – a condition that left him without a fibula bone in both legs. At 18 months old, “his parents made the tough decision to have his legs amputated below the knee“. Since having his legs amputated, Liam has been using prosthetics everyday. Although it’s challenging, Liam has such a positive outlook.
“I have a lot of fun with my situation," he explains to Redbull. "I play a lot of pranks. At school I would set my legs on fire. I try not to take myself too seriously and enjoy what I have."
From New Zealand, he’s always been very athletic. Right now Liam is working towards getting his B-license for skydiving. He also has plans to climb New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Aside from all these sports, Liam started running when he was 19. He started a crowdfunding campaign to purchase a pair of Össur carbon-fibre blades. He was able to raise $20k! Then he went on to run in Rio.
"It's about demonstrating that through technology the impossible can be done, but further than that, we can take something that is considered to be broken (my body) and iterate and innovate on it to do more than what I could have done otherwise."