By Jack Mobley
An amputee skateboarder has won gold at the X Games.
Vinicios Sardi, 23, won gold in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Saturday August 3 in the Adaptive Skatepark Event on his first appearance in the legendary games.
Suffering a congenital malformation on his legs from birth, Vinicios had his legs amputated while he was a toddler.
Vinicios, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, decided to embrace his differences by not using prosthetics and skating on his knees instead at the age of 16.
In this incredible video the 23-year-old, who was born with a congenital malformation in his legs and underwent amputations from a young age, shows off his impressive talents as he skateboards on his knees.
Vinicios said: “I was born with a congenital malformation on my legs and also my right hand.
“I’d watch friends and I was influenced by games and skate magazines since I was little so I decided to skate with my prosthetics.
“I was skating with my friend and my prosthetics broke, because it wasn’t made for radical sports – that’s when I made the most important decision of my life.
“I skate on my knees, and now skating is my love.
“It is what make me feel free and alive – today, thanks to sport, I can live a normal life without fears.”