This Underdog Athlete has Michael Phelps Cheering from the Sidelines

April 7, 2017 at 7:01 am by Terez in Michael Phelps

Last year, Johnny – who was born with cerebral palsy – and his dad (Jeff) made headlines as they trained together for the World Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii. The plan? Jeff would push and pull Johnny during the entire triathlon until the last mile, where Johnny would walk it alone with his walker – a lifelong dream of his. Though they weren’t able to finish the race, that hasn’t stopped Johnny from training and moving forward; he will be competing at the IRONMAN 70.3 this weekend in Florida. As an athlete that has overcome many obstacles, Johnny was inspired by Michael Phelps and, specifically, Under Armour’s Rule Yourself ad that launched last year. Eventually, Johnny’s mom created a version of the video to motivate Johnny. You have to check it out. It’s not only inspiring, but incredible how they were able to mirror the ad – shot for shot.