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There are people - an incredibly small percentage - who are incredible athletes, who as the cliche goes, the gods seem to have blessed.

And then, there are the people on our list: Incredible athletes who, not only bucked the odds by climbing to the top of their athletic mountain, but overcame when all but the best-of-the-best would have given up.

Some in our group were born with birth defects that resulted in lost limbs. Others sustained life changing injuries after serious accidents or after serving in the military. All of them overcame their physical set backs or injuries and became some of the best athletes in the world.

The top echelon of sports performers is filled with amazingly talented and strong willed people. But these athletes are, without a doubt, a level above.

Seven Disabled Athletes Who Made It to the Top