Why isn’t Bryshon Nellum’s story being passed around Tumblr? In 2009 he was shot twice, once in each leg, by gang members. After undergoing three surgeries he was told by his doctors that he would probably never reach world class speed again. Less than three years later he ran a personal best of 44.80 in the 400 placing third in the U.S. Olympic trials gaining the last spot on the team. In London he made it all the way to the semi-finals in the 400, while also running the first leg of USA’s 4x400 relay team who, after suffering some injuries, was still able to pull out a silver.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but this is definitely in my top greatest comeback stories.
(L-R) Michael Phelps touches out Ryan Lochte to win the championship final of the Men’s 200 m Individual Medley during Day Six of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 30, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.
(June 29, 2012 - Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America)