This One-Armed CrossFit Athlete Is All The Sporting Inspiration You'll Ever Need

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She survived the accident, but was told that she would need to have her arm amputated.

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Cantu told Barcroft Media: “When I arrived at the hospital, the surgeon came up to me and said that he had looked at everything and the arm needed to come off. I had a moment, but then I said alright – if it’s going to save my life, take it off."

Cantu had started CrossFit a few months prior to her accident, and was due to compete in a CrossFit competition.

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“I remember every single detail from that day. As soon as I saw my arm, the CrossFit competition was the first thing that ran through my mind,” she told Refinery 29. “It killed me knowing I wouldn’t be able to compete, but I was so grateful to still have my life.”

Incredibly, she was back at the gym just three weeks after the accident.

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Working with her coach, she engineered adaptations of the moves, as she writes in her CrossFit athlete profile:

"My mind ran at 100mph thinking of the new movements and adaptations I would have to perform. Together with my coaches and loved ones, I picked up movements in no time and had my endurance back up."

Cantu continued to compete, even performing non-scaled movements.

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She writes:

"I competed again in February in a scaled division. I was the only female adaptive athlete, but I did not scale the movements and I performed the weight prescribed of the scaled division. I also didn't place last."