One-Arm Swimmer Overcomes Disability to Win Big

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He's only 10 years old but Ben Ramirez is making a big splash in the world of swimming.

Ramirez recently won two gold medals and two bronze at the El Paso City Swimming Championships.

But what makes his accomplishment remarkable is that he did it with only one arm.

Ramirez was born in China without a full left arm. He was adopted from a Chinese foster home by an American family.

Ramirez said he refuses to make any excuses for the way he was born. Asked if racing with one arm holds him back, he said, "No, not at all."

His coach, Josh Salas, said Ramirez doesn't let his disability get in his way.

"I mean, I know there is a disadvantage," Salas said. "But with the way he trains, he doesn't say anything about it."

Ramirez's remarkable accomplishments in the water amaze those who come to watch him swim. But he isn't at all fazed by the attention.

"I just take it as a compliment," he said.

He offered his own advice to those who are trying to overcome challenges in life.

"Just keep on trying, and one day, you'll accomplish it," he said.

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