21-year-old Dai Guohong was a high school senior in Beichuan High School when he lost his legs during the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. Trapped underneath rubble for over 40 hours, Dai received medical and psychiatric help from the Sichuan People’s Hospital, and eventually worked himself out a depression and regained his confidence through the help of his swimming coach, training 5 to 6 hours on a daily basis.
Dai is currently the Chinese national champion in the 100 meter breaststroke and 100 meter backstroke for handicapped persons, and will take part in the upcoming London Paralympics.
“The earthquake deprived me of my legs, but the tough disaster also gave me a pair of strong wings,” Dai says.
Photos from Tencent News.