Raymond Martin is USA’s multiple and world champion Paralympic athlete with Filipino, Irish and American roots. He was born with a deformed hands and feet. Raymond’s fight started back when he was still an infant by having gone through 17 different surgeries. Since then, he keeps on fighting and never backs down. At age 7, he began competing at the National Junior Disability Championship and he had one goal in mind – to reach the Paralympics. He kept himself to a 6-day per week training schedule and his hard work paid off when he set a world record in the T52 200 meter with a time of 30.18 seconds during the 2012 US Paralympics’ Track & Field Trials.
Now, he is at the pinnacle of his success. On the 2012 US Paralympic Games, Raymond was slated to compete in four racing events—the 100, 200, 400, and 800-meter—he won gold in the first event. Then he went on to win two more golds. Then, on the last day of the competition, he won his fourth gold medal!
Jimmy Cuevas, the head coach of the North Jersey Navigators, where Raymond is a part of, believed so much in Ray that he exploded with joy when he won. He said, “There are many individuals in society today who are very smart but never reach their maximum potential because of lack of dedication and perseverance, but this will never be the case with Raymond,” he stated. “His determination knows no limits, which is directly related to his commitment to excel. I was confident that Ray would have an excellent performance at the 2012 Paralympics Games and proudly represent the USA. He did just that.”
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