Thursday April 19th, 2012 - Erik Weihenmayer
Titerest: Erik Weihenmayer is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001. He also completed the Seven Summits in September 2002. His story was covered in a Time article in June 2001 titled Blind to Failure (http://ti.me/I4Z6du).
Titerest: He is the author of Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye (http://bit.ly/JidSdV).
Titerest: After he became blind, at first, Weihenmayer did not want to use a cane or learn Braille. He wanted to prove that he could continue living as he had. He tried to play ball, but once he understood that he was incapable of doing so, he learned to wrestle. He went all the way to the National Junior Freestyle Wrestling Championship in Iowa. Then he went to Boston College and graduated as an English major. He became a middle-school teacher and wrestling coach.
Titerest: Erik is an acrobatic skydiver, long distance biker, marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, ice climber, and rock climber -- and it's easy to see why he's @Titerest's Badass of the Day for April 19th, 2012.
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