Steve Emt during the wheelchair curling round robin match against Team China at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games on March 8, 2022 in Beijing.
Responses to her story ranged from emotion to disbelief.
“I get it all the time, ‘I don’t know how you did it, Steve. If that happened to me, I wouldn’t be able to manage. But you don’t know that,” Emt said. “Until you do something, you don’t know you can do it.”
This positive thinking makes people see him as an inspiration.
“I appreciate that, and I cherish that someone can look up to me, and maybe I can make a difference in their life because that’s what it’s all about,” he said. declared, even if he does not consider himself different from the others. .
“Instead of six foot five, I am now four foot five,” admitted the wheelchair curler. “But I am the same person. I just have a crutch. I have a wheelchair that I need to get around. But we all have crutches: whether it’s a child in need of a calculator or someone with a learning disability. I am no different from others.
Although it might take him a few more minutes now to do something, he said he doesn’t see it as a hindrance in his life, but more of a speed bump.
“Life is the same. Now I just need some ramps – and a bit more time to do some things,” Emt said.
That same philosophy applies to his curling career, which began in 2013 when a member of Team USA approached him, telling him his build was perfect for the sport.
After finishing the world championship last year in fourth place – its best finish since 2008 when it placed third – Team USA have steadily improved on their final berth at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
They hope to maintain this momentum in Beijing.
The world championships proved their team could do great things, he said, even if they didn’t make the podium. “I think it’s a blessing that we didn’t win a medal,” Emt admitted. “Part of me thinks that if we had done that, we would have rested on our laurels the months after the world championships. So for us to finish fourth, that carrot is hanging right there. ‘let’s go over there hoping to win. We expect that!’
Watch to see the same attitude at the Milano Cortina 2026 Paralympic Winter Games, where Emt plans to end his Paralympic career. “Eight years ago I set myself a goal for three Paralympic Games,” he said. “My wife is Italian, so unless something crazy happens it would be a great way to end it eventually. Bring my wife and all her family and make a big deal out of it.