Corporal Todd Love lost both his legs and part of his left arm when he stepped on a pressure plate while on foot patrol in Afghanistan, but he’s not going to let a little thing like that stop him from living his life.
Love, a Georgian native, belongs to the third generation in his family to have joined the armed forces. When he nearly lost his life in 2010 from stepping on a pressure plate in Afghanistan—or what he calls “just doing his job”—his friends and family were concerned what life would be like for him when he returned home. However, after Todd was welcomed home by hundreds of cheering well-wishers, he went on living his life in the same way he had before he was injured – to the extreme.
Since his accident Todd has gone white-water kayaking, surfing in Hawaii, skydiving, alligator wrestling, and he’s even played Bach’s Solfeggietto on the piano. “Todd has the emotional and physical capacity to do whatever he puts his mind to,” wrote photographer Brett May about his friend. “As far as stories go, Todd has an amazing one to share. I believe his attitude about life speaks louder than anything else.”
Here’s Todd checking off one of his more recent accomplishments: completing The Spartan Race with his friends, a 10.5 mile obstacle course that includes rope ladders, walls, and lots and lots of mud.
When asked about his perseverance, the unstoppable vet said he set out to “[prove] that overcoming obstacles isn’t just something you attempt, it’s something that you embrace.” Todd attributes his strength to cope with his injury to the faith, hope and love surrounding him in his life. “There is no limit on faith, hope, and love,” he writes. “Most importantly, you can give away as much as you want.”
Check out more photos of the inspirational hero/extreme sportsman.
This is hands down one of the coolest guys I’ve ever seen.