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US open -- so you might see our next guest helping to keep the game running smooth.
Used my three year old specialist in the army and two years ago he lost his leg in a land mine explosion in Afghanistan.
But that's not.
Holding him back he's now I've ball -- then at the US open he get inspiration on the court and he has hopes of competing in the 2015 paralympics.
Joining us now is 23 year old Ryan Macintosh it's an -- -- -- -- here my friend that you develop -- what Colorado native which yeah I mean.
Yeah tell -- did a little bit about how you lost your leg in Afghanistan back -- twenty and.
Content com I was just.
On a routine mission and I and -- seven on a land mine.
Just on the way back to our our base.
Single file line as you're moving -- their country and I was number six in order movement and saw I have them.
Crossing canal and then I ended up stepping on and I blame that I blacked out for a second and both got ten feet in the air and then I fell into a ditch.
Com and in my guys are real ID the ID and then I didn't I didn't present and I was injured and so I got back up.
All right I'd kind of like crawl them in their like towards Mac -- -- -- so I I don't know.
We don't they certainly don't now than it was -- -- was injured and so.
I stuck my hand out of -- and they they ended up grabbing me and we're -- -- And thank god you are staying there at that time.
Did you think that you would still be able to be athletic -- -- The first thing friends -- -- my mind was I was supposed to be dead and and so that really that really hurt my dad always grown up was.
The huge you know inspiration to me here's my coach and his -- -- my best friend and so that was my biggest thing knowing that I was gonna have a -- as.
Tom I just wanted to be as coaches and be -- his side as long as I can and do whatever he did and so that was my biggest put.
So -- you're not just inspiring your -- your inspire your troops all over the world and that's your goal that's why you wanted to become a ball boy at the US open what is the message.
For other troops that are going through some similar situation -- It's hard in the beginning -- there's no doubt.
Doubting that that.
It's an obstacle overcome look the same time.
The human will is very powerful and whatever you put your mind do you can you can achieve any.
You know overcome any obstacle.
You competed against 600 other people to become a ball person at the US open.
You got that you made the cut and I understand that they asked you at the time when you're in the competition can you throw tennis at all that's.
Yeah they they actually make -- through to -- it.
And the first thing again.
-- hand grenades and is just like not hand grenade isn't -- quite heavy compared to a tennis belongs on the yeah I think I can handle and so they kind of -- you through.
Obama -- and one of the highlights for Raddatz has been able to meet people like -- Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker the model who.
What he's on he's actually met her before.
-- moving forward though you hope to compete in the 20s16 paralympics in Rio.
It wasn't inspiration.
Oscar for stories who competed in the real -- a London summer games.
What did you think of his competing in track events and the criticism some -- it was an unfair advantage.
I -- I it's -- if you think it's an unfair advantage you know strap on -- -- Stilts and trying to write it tried running with it's not blood and it it's not.
The running part that's the difficult part it's been every -- things that are difficult until.
Yeah Oscars very inspirational movies.
Just -- there's no doubt about.
Looking -- you with a demonstration at some of the things that we -- -- and I did point to compete against right.
My money's on you.
Yeah minute so let's light up here we've got a little.
Relied another look a little suicide runs I think they call -- but I already got government.
And you're you're you're inundated bashing.
Government not -- that -- Hello I need -- I.
Mean time but your gradual in all directions with this thing is there anything that holds you back.
Now having -- standing along.
At a time on this because it's.
It's very on your toe -- have been away and so that they are prolonged period of time it at the US open is.
It's difficult because you're so you're so strictly you have to stand knowing they're serving and just be so still.
And so against -- tiring after a while this is the night you -- -- Denver in the -- God David you like in Afghanistan is inspiring troops all around the world at the pleasure to have here thank you for your service you monitor by Macintosh thanks so much.
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