Amputee gets a Travel Channel showFeb 09 02:37
"If you think having no legs sucks, I'll prove you otherwise," is the awesome catchphrase of a brand new Travel Channel show starring Kevin Michael Connolly, a 27 year old from Montana, avid traveler and photographer, born without legs. It's called Armed and Ready, and I couldn't think of a better title.
There's a chance you may have heard of him before. In 2009, Kevin was the darling of the internet for his photography exhibit,The Rolling Exhibition, which if you haven't seen it yet, it's a must for everyone to view (of all abilities). "15 Countries, 31 Cities, 32,000 photos. One stare" is the tagline of the exhibit, and it's stunning. It shows thousands of photos taken from his level in city streets all over the world, catching "the look" people give him when they realize he has no legs. And he also published his memoirs, Double Take, profiling his childhood and travels.
"My Dad always joked he has 2 1/2 kids," he says (referring to him and his two other siblings). Kevin clearly has a great sense of humor. No wonder he got his very own travel show. And the show is a branching off of his photography, and so much more. He travels, but instead of profiling people's reaction to disability in different cultures (which I could watch all day) the show shows how someone with no legs can still have some amazing adventures.
And Kevin is one of those amputees who prefers to forgo the wheels, well the wheelchair 'wheels' at least. "Too bulky," he says (can't argue that). He uses his two (very strong) arms and what we can guess - a very callused ass - to get himself from point a to point b, and he'll hop on a skateboard when he's out in public, traversing a big area. But he is like a monkey and can climb, maneuver almost anywhere without any device. Believe me when I say - he definitely has the right idea. If I could swing the moves he's doing, I'd be doing the same thing. So much easier, especially when you're traveling in countries with little to nil accessibility.
From the clips they've made available so far, Armed and Ready looks like one crazy show. They've put him in all kinds of adrenaline-fueled experiences, from Alpine Sledding (laying on your back going down a cement track), cliff diving in Hawaii to rolling down a hill in a geometric plastic ball. The public will certainly eat this show up, but I hope, once they stop tuning in for the gawk-effect, they'll watch because Kevin is just that awesome.
The show premieres Feb. 26th, 10/9pmc on the Travel Channel.
- Visit the official site: Armed & Ready
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Tiffiny Carlson is freelance writer and writes the “SCI Life” column for New Mobility. She's also a C6 quad from a diving accident that occurred when she was 14 years old. A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Tiffiny has been a writer in the disability community for over 10 years and writes for several publications and blogs, as well as her personal blog BeautyAbility. Her work has also appeared in mainstream publications such as Nerve.com and Playgirl.