When Marty Sheets, who was born with Down syndrome, was about 4, a doctor told his parents that he was so disabled he would never even learn to tie his own shoes.
Back home, Sheets learned how to do it that same day.
"He was a gentle person," said his father, David Sheets. "But one thing about Marty, he had determination."
Sheets went on to become one of the most prominent Special Olympic athletes in the world, winning approximately 250 medals in everything from downhill skiing to weight lifting. He chatted with President and Mrs. Clinton, hobnobbed with celebrities and became one of the primary ambassadors of the organization.