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Ryan Leonard, North Carolina Teen Born Without Arms, Sinks Half-Court Basketball Shot (VIDEO)

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If you think sinking a half-court basketball shot is tough, try doing it without arms.

Ryan Leonard, a North Carolina teen who WGHP-Fox 8 reports was born without arms, did just that, and the whole thing was captured on video.


According to, Ryan made the shot at Eastern Randolph High School, where he's a 10th grader.

And Ryan's not just great on the basketball court. A photo essay from the News & Record shows the teen wrestling, throwing and catching a frisbee, and playing football.

According to a 2011 article on, Ryan plays linebacker and defensive end. "I enjoy knocking people down,” he told the website. "We do a lot of conditioning, which I also enjoy."

On Monday, Matt Stutzman, who was also born without arms, won a silver metal in archery at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Be sure to click over to Jerry Wolford's News & Record photos to see a day in the life of Ryan Leonard.

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