Moment of Awesomeness: 2/20/11

Posted: February 20, 2011 in CrossFit, Media
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When people ask me what kind of music I like, I always say “pretty much everything”. That’s not a cop-out answer, either, it’s the absolute truth. Hip Hop, Heavy Metal, Jazz, Salsa, Classical, Folk… the list goes on and on. One of my favorite artists out there, however, is RJD2. He was a prominent DJ in Columbus, Ohio (near where I went to College), and after I heard some of his instrumental hip hop beats, I was instantly hooked.

One of his songs, entitled “Work It Out”, features one of the more unique music videos I have ever seen! At first glance, one might think that this video is just a dancer performing amazing acrobatics with crutches, but the story is much cooler than that!

The star of the video Bill Shannon, aka “Crutch”, was born with a bilateral hip deformity. Because of this condition, he has Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, which is “when the ball of the thighbone in the hip doesn’t get enough blood, causing the bone to die.” Bill relies on crutches to help him get around. It doesn’t stop there, though… he has learned to use a skateboard to facilitate getting from place to place more efficiently! Check out this short video that shows more or him and his art.

The balance, strength and creativity he displays on a day to day basis is nothing short of inspiring to me.

You know what? I take back what I said before. This IS just a video about a dancer performing amazing acrobatics with crutches! Well done, Mr. Shannon. You are incredible!

  1. bill says:

    thaks bro! – bill shannon

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