Episode #46 Summary:
Born and raised in Morocco, the eldest of 5 children to parents of modest means. It came as a great shock to his parents when Mohamed Lahna was born with a birth defect (PFFD) that essentially left him without a femur in his right leg. They feared he would never walk.
Growing up wanting just to be like the other kids, running around and playing soccer with them. It was only when he was fit with his first real prosthesis at age 20 that the world of sports truly opened up to Mohamed. Although a late bloomer, he wasted no time catching up! He rode a bike for the first time at age 25 and the following year he crossed the Atlas Mountains on it. At age 27, he ran for the first time and then completed his first marathon just a few months later.
Sport has been the catalyst towards a personal realization that limitations reside only in the mind. No one expected much of Mohamed with a physical disability and he would admit that he didn’t push himself either. Sport has provided him a new sense of freedom and a changed outlook on life. As Mohamed would say, "we can do more than we ever imagined if we just dare ourselves to push a little harder, go a little further."
Paratriathlon was introduced to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, of which Mohamed brought home the inaugural bronze medal in the PT2 category. Building on this success, his next goal is to “Go for Gold” in Tokyo 2020, representing his adopted country, USA. Join me this week as we discuss Mohamed's journey to the top.
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