Colt Wynn: Six Years Later

By: Todd Baucher
By: Todd Baucher

The walls of David Hall's chiropractic clinic are filled with memorabilia...from rock stars to star athletes. But few of them had to beat the odds like Colt Wynn did.

We first told you about colt in the winter of 2000, just months after he was seriously injured after falling from a hunter's tree stand. Though he since has been confined to a wheelchair, he still hunts.

"I killed a buck this winter," Wynn says, "and I'm looking forward to turkey hunting at the end of this month."

But that isn't his biggest accomplishment. Soon after his accident, Colt began weightlifting, becoming good enough to enter and even win a number of competitions, often against non-disabled people.

"I remember the first powerlifting competition I did", he recalls. "I was the only disabled kid in a class of 20 guys. I won the 135-pound weight class, just by five pounds on the bench. From there, it branched off into bodybuilding."

Wynn now takes part in national wheelchair competitions. That got the attention of a national bodybuilding magazine, which interviewed him Wednesday.

"When I talk to other pro athletes, they pretty much have privileged lives," says Joe Wuebben, Senior Editor of Muscle and Fitness Magazine. "Then, you have a guy like Colt, who has had an uphill battle for six years, and you kind of feel bad for him. but at the same time, he's made the most of his circumstances."

And those circumstances didn't keep him from living many of the dreams of competing in sports he had as a child.

"When I was younger, it was a dream of mine to travel the United States and the world, to see different places and new things. So far, I've been almost all over the States and Canada. So it's like my dream's about to come true."

Wynn says he'd eventually like to work for a nutritional supplement company, which might sponsor him in his competitions.

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