Must Read: The One-Legged Wrestler Who Conquered His Sport, Then Left It Behind
The article, "The One-Legged Wrestler Who Conquered His Sport, Then Left It Behind" opens:
"It was March 2011, and Robles was in Philadelphia for the NCAA Division I championships, college wrestling's preeminent tournament. As a sophomore, he had finished an auspicious fourth; the next year, he had slipped to seventh. Now, as a senior, he was the top seed—a first for a one-legged wrestler. His remarkable achievement had drawn a throng of reporters to the pre-tournament press conference, where, to widespread bewilderment, Robles had announced that he would retire from wrestling at the end of the championships. He would not compete internationally. He would not try out for the London Olympics. He would become a motivational speaker, he had told the baffled reporters and fans before him, and turn his back on wrestling at the moment he had come to dominate it."
The article continues to tell the amazing story and thought process Robles went through. It is a must read - and I highly recommend checking out the full story on DeadSpin here.