Hunter Woodhall is a track star who lost both legs during childhood. The accident did not deter him from pursuing his track dreams as he is an active athlete running track at the University of Arkansas. For him, it is a great accomplishment that seemed more unlikely when he was born. ‘‘Initially, the doctor said that would never be able to walk, I’d probably be in a wheelchair,’ Woodhall said.
Woodhall was born with a bone condition, congenital bone deficiency. The condition worsened and had his both legs amputated at eleven months. Soon after the amputation, he received his prosthetics. While in the seventh grade, he slowly started running for recreational purposes and later, developed an urge to try running competitively. ‘‘I had a few friends on the track team. So, I started running track because it was somewhere I felt comfortable. I felt that I could be myself and that’s where it all began,’’ he said.
Currently, Woodhall is a two time Paralympic athlete. He is also a four-time world medalist and a four-time NCAA All American. ‘‘At the end of the day, I feel like it’s a lot less about the medals, accolades and much more just to impact the life of someone else, and just enjoy what you do and having fun with it. Especially this sport,’ said Woodhall during his first track meet for 2020.
Certainly, Woodhall loves and has a lot of fun with the sport. This is evident in his social media accounts that continue to attract many viewers by the day. His TiK Tok videos are exceptional and have reached millions so far. ‘‘I’m just blessed to have the platform in the first place, and I hope to inspire kids and people to chase their dreams,’’ said Woodhall, humbly.
Woodhall also added that he understands the struggle that most athletes with prosthetic legs undergo. As such he encourages all including those with other challenges to maintain a positive attitude, look for encouraging moments and keep going.