No Excuses: The Story of Elite Gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond traces the gymnastics career of a girl born deaf and blind in one eye. Despite challenge after challenge and setback after setback, Aimee rose in the gymnastics world to compete for UCLA and BYU and at the level of International Elite—a feat no athlete with comparable disabilities has accomplished in the history of the sport. This biography describes how Aimee overcame her health struggles, learned American Sign Language, succeeded in gymnastics, enjoyed social activities, acted in movies, traveled to Hawaii and Russia, worked hard in school, competed in college, and found romance. Bruno Grandi, President of the International Gymnastics Federation, said, “Aimee has filled our hearts with the fire of warmth and love and inspired us all to become better.” Valorie Kondos Field, head women’s gymnastics coach at UCLA and winner of six NCAA National Championships, said, “Aimee’s not deaf. She just can’t hear. Why would she need two eyes, when she has one? She has no excuses.”
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Aimee explains how her story begins at the release of No Excuses: The Story of Elite Gymnast Aimee Walker-Pond.
Watch the interview with Aimee Walker Pond by Tim Worthylake of World Around You at Gallaudet University in Washington, D. C. This interview is presented in American Sign Language with captions, and it has no audio.
Sammy Linebaugh of The Mountain Network interviews Aimee Walker-Pond in “Raising the Bar: The Aimee Walker Pond Story” at BYU in 2007.
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