San Diego wounded warrior trains for Paralympics, stars in new PSA created to inspire others
Michael Johnston competes in triathlons
Last Updated: 325 days ago
CHULA VISTA, Calif. -
Ten years ago the last place Michael Johnston ever thought he would be is at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.
"Yeah I thought my active lifestyle was over," said Johnston.
Johnston was returning to a Navy base on the East Coast on his motorcycle when someone made an illegal turn right in front of him.
The crash cost him his left leg, but while in rehab he had an awakening.
"The first time they got me up on the parallel bars with a prosthetic leg and I took a step, I knew it was all my hands now."
Inspired by the film "Men of Honor," where Carl Brashear lost his leg and returned to active duty, Johnston did the same.
In 2008 he received orders to San Diego and once he saw the rehab program at Naval Medical Center San Diego he was inspired again.
"I saw all the equipment and felt there was no limit to what I could do," he said.
Now out of the Navy, he was bitten by the Paralympic bug, especially the triathlon.
While training for the upcoming trials for the 2016 games in Rio, Johnston is also featured in a new public service announcement which shows him running a full sprint.
"I hope it inspires other wounded warriors, I hope they grab on to it to get out and get started," he said.
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