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Published on Dec 31, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Gabi Ury, who became the world female planking champion at age 16, was born with special needs that affected her spine, legs, feet, and a number of internal organs. Although she has lived through 15 major surgeries and related physical challenges, you would never know it by her graceful and playful presence on stage. Gabi talks about the continuous support from her family and friends throughout childhood and her desire to some day make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, a desire made more real when she discovered her ability for planking. Her closing message is that you shouldn’t underestimate others, and you should never underestimate yourself.
Gabi Ury, a 16-year-old high school junior, is the world’s female planking champion, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. Born with special needs that affect her spine, feet, and gluts, she decided to break the world record in order to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Hospital Colorado where she had most of her fourteen major surgeries. She doubled the existing the world record for holding the abdominal plank, a core strengthening exercise, with a time of one hour and twenty minutes. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her family and her dog Mia.
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