Fox 5: Real life ‘Forrest Gump’ hopes for spot on U.S. Paralympic team

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It’s fixed!

The gracious folks at Fox 5 fixed the link on their site that lead to the TV spot Troy Hirsch did on me a while back. Here are some of the highlights:

Daryl Sterling Ping Pong“Their reaction is either ‘can you beat Forrest Gump?  Are you Forrest Gump?’” Sterling said with a chuckle.

He’s not Forrest Gump, but Sterling just might be able to beat the fictional character from the 1994 movie, despite the fact that Sterling has just one leg.

“I saw he had the love for table tennis that I have,” said Sterling’s coach Angelita Rosal-Bengtsson.

“So I asked him, ‘What are your goals?’ He said he wanted to be on the Paralympic team and I was like, ‘Whoa! That’s an awesome goal,’” said Rosal-Bengtsson.  “I said, ‘If you’re that serious, I think we can help you, but you have to lose 50 pounds.’”

Sterling started to workout and said he has lost nearly 50 pounds.

“Back then, I didn’t even use a crutch when I played,” Sterling said. “I hopped around. So, it was extremely tiring. I couldn’t even last more than a game and a half. I’d have to sit down.”

Sterling overcame the endurance challenges. He won his first international gold medal last August at the Brazilian Open.

 

Read the full story on the Fox 5 website by clicking here.

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