As a young boy, Dustin Carter contracted a rare blood disease that ultimately claimed his limbs - all four of them. He grew into a straight "F" student, until one day, he discovered wrestling:
Until eighth grade, when he found, of all things, wrestling. "I felt like at least he'd be out there practicing, participating with the kids, he'll probably never wrestle," his dad said.
But he did wrestle. And what happened? "I got beat pretty bad," he said. "Well, they just get out there and just throw him around on the mat," his dad said. Dustin lost about ever time he set his torso in the ring.
But the competition brought out a side of Dustin no one had ever seen before. "He's got heart. He's got the heart the size of a lion," said Dustin's coach, Nate Horne. "He can persevere through anything." "That's me. I'm a pretty determined person," Dustin said. "I'll sit at something and sit at it for hours until I get it."
Over the years, Dustin trained hard. "I worked out a lot." By all accounts he became a model of self-discipline. His grades went up and he actually started winning. Winning more than anyone, other than Dustin, could have ever imagined.