Gym-Goers Smirked As Disabled People Walked In. Seconds Later, Their Jaws Dropped.

Just a few world-class athletes.

Luciano Dantes is legally considered to have dwarfism. Vinícius Rodrigues has one leg. Lúcia Teixeira is blind. Each of them faces a unique physical disability on a daily basis, but all three have one impressive characteristic in common: they're Paralympic athletes.

In a video promoting the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, the three enter a gym on their own to skeptical looks from regular attendees. After all, how can a tiny man lift heavy weights, a one-legged man run and a blind woman practice judo?


The way they challenged that very question was awesome.

All three of the athletes knew how the regular gym-goers would react at first — clearly it's something they've encountered time and time again. As soon as they really got going with their respective activities though, the reactions instantly changed.

Dantes started with just the bar at first.

Rodrigues calmly adjusted his equipment.

Teixeira walked straight into the studio with her walking stick.

Then they each showed what they're made of.

Don't judge a book by its cover. Watch the full video below:

(H/T: Reddit)

Cover image: Rio 2016 via YouTube


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