I had been blessed with gifts that the world recognized: height, agility, coordination and strength.
We believe that young people -- empowered by a movement of their peers -- can change how we see and treat individuals with disabilities with their words, and then more.
The use of the "r-word" perpetuates the marginalization and exclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities that persist in society, and it cannot be tolerated.
When employing this specific language, the objective is to separate and distinguish the "user" from those being "used."
I never wasted a single minute in rehab, always pushing my body to its absolute limits.
What have I learned about the guiding principle of politically free sport, bringing nations together in peace and harmony under the benevolent hand of the IOC? I've learned there is a problem with Sochi.
What do our American friends need to understand about all of the events of the Sochi Olympics? That behind the Iron Curtain, things are very bad.
I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to explore and develop my ideas without fear of punishment or jail time.
Being ineligible to compete in the Olympics is not a true concern for me right now, but my eligibility in my sport of triathlon is: USA Triathlon follows the IOC's policy on transgender athletes.
You may have seen, if you are a climber or are friends with a climber, that this last week the climbing world lost a bright light in Chad Kellog when rock fall claimed his life in Patagonia.
Just after the IOC gave athletes the go ahead to speak their minds, the Russian police arrested four activists in St Petersburg under the LGBT propaganda laws.
For an authoritarian state, a law that is rarely, or only very selectively enforced, yet gives agents of the state broad leeway to police their citizens, and leads to wide ranging changes in public and private behavior, is the best kind of law there is.
Michelle talks about her work as a Senior Adviser and Public Diplomacy Envoy for the U.S. State Department, and using the universal appeal of sports to improve international relations. She also talks about her efforts to inspire youth around the world.