Ryan Davis faces the challenges of dwarfism head on, and certainly does not let it hold him back. Besides being an Eagle Scout, and a Rescue Scuba Diver, Ryan played football through his entire high school years. As a senior he received the Award of Courage from the National Football Foundation. Although in a sport that was full of giants, Ryan persevered and inspired all.
Ryan Davis also competed in power lifting and placed 2nd at the 2013 World Dwarf Games, held in East Lansing, MI. Ryan has never competed in power lifting before, and he jumped right into an international competition. This guy has guts!
If it is not impressive enough to land a silver medal on his first competitive event, consider this:
- Ryan started training for this specific goal just 2 months prior.
- He is 16 years old, competing against men up to 35 years old.
- Ryan missed 3 weeks of training because of prior obligations that included a mission trip.
- Although I ask for competitors to rest for days before a competition, Ryan attended grueling football practices up to the day of his event.
Ryan was one of the few in his division that had 3 successful lifts (bench press) and landed 2nd place with a maximum lift of 160 pounds, at a body weight of 117.
This young man is a champion through and through. He has always done exactly what I have asked him to do, at every brutal workout, and without complaint.