Ever so often there comes a time in your life where you strive to go beyond what's possible and make a name for yourself. In sports this holds true as well. A few sportsmen do the impossible and inspire generations of people. Today we will look at 4 such inspirational examples of courage under fire in sports.
1. Parvez Rasool
Hailing from Beijbehara in Kashmir, Parvez Rasool did the impossible last year by making it to the Indian cricket team. But this was no ordinary call up. Parvez Rasool had consistently outperformed in the first class circuit and hence was called up. But growing up in a politically turbulent Kashmir is hardly easy. With almost no training facilities it's almost hard to believe how a cricketer from these parts made it to the national team. Such is the determination of Parvez Rasool.
2. Saina Nehwal
2012 was Saina's year as she won a bronze medal for her performance in the badminton event of the Olympics. However her road to being one off the highest ranked Indian shuttlers was paved with difficulty. She was lucky to have come from a family of shuttlers thanks to which she began practicing the sport when she was barely eight years old. She captured her first title in 2004 and went on to win numerous titles from then on. Only handwork and dedication made Saina what she is today.
3 . Rafael Nadal
He has been playing tennis from the time he was five. The currently ranked number 1 player in the world is an inspiration to sports fans on and off the field. Nadal was sidelined with a career threatening knee injury in the second half of 2012 which kept him out till February 2013. Many experts believed his career was over. Doctors commented on the injury being serious to the world champions career. However as Nadal has always proved in the past, he wasn't one to take things lying down. Within 7 months he is was back and better than before. Nadal has since then won the Australian Open and U.S. Open once each, along with Wimbledon twice, to go along with his record eight championships on the slower red clay of the French Open. He is 15-0 on hard courts in 2013, with his current run of victories built en route to titles at Montreal and Cincinnati.
4. Terry Fox
Terry Fox is one of the most famous athletes in Canadian history, and he wasn’t even a hockey player. After the British Columbia native lost his right leg to cancer in 1977 he decided that, if he was going to go on living, he was going to make a difference. So in 1980, Fox began what he called his Marathon of Hope—an attempt to raise money and awareness for cancer research by running all the way across Canada, 26 miles every day. Unfortunately, his cancer spread to his lungs, which forced Fox to suspect his Marathon of Hope after 143 days and 3,339 miles—but not before he inspired an entire country and became a national hero whose name is as well-known as Wayne Gretzky.