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Kyle Maynard s book No Excuses ranked No 20 on New York Times bestseller list

By Angela Phillips | Oct. 11, 2005, 12 a.m. (ET)
19-year old wrestler Kyle Maynard's new book, No Excuses, is listed on the New York Times Bestseller list at No. 20 for hardcover non-fiction for the week ending October 16.

Maynard is a wrestler who has become a national hero for his inspiring life overcoming challenges in order to pursue his dreams.

On September 29th, Maynard launched his autobiography No Excuses on the set with Oprah Winfrey. Within minutes, he had won the hearts of millions around the world, making his book an instant success and landing the young athlete a spot on the New York Times Bestseller List in its first week.

In his book, inspired by his incredible journey as a congenital amputation (born with no limbs below the elbows and knees), Kyle Maynard shares valuable insight that he has learned and applied to his life, allowing him to overcome his physical obstacles to achieve his dreams. Driven by his will to succeed and supported by a devoted family, Kyle has excelled at nearly everything he has attempted in life. From playing middle school football to becoming a high school wrestling champion to breaking world records in weightlifting, Kyle Maynard has inspired millions around the world with his simple life's message: No Excuses.

At just 19 years old, Kyle Maynard has already achieved greatness - on the wrestling mat and in life, including:

- Receiving the Medal of Courage from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (June 2005)
- Winning the world record in the modified bench press (March 2005)
- Receiving the ESPY award for the Best Athlete with a Disability
- Being honored with the President's Award for Courage
- Joining the Washington Speakers Bureau as a motivational speaker
- Being named to the Georgia chapter, National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Georgia State Wresting Hall of Fame

Kyle Maynard has been featured on numerous television and radio shows this season, including ABC's 20/20 and CNN's Larry King Live. He will also be a guest on ABC's hit show Extreme Make-Over: Home Edition in November, where he will inspire a family to never give up hope.

As a champion weightlifter and wrestler, Kyle Maynard is the real deal. But as a champion human being, he is one of the most inspiring people I've ever met.
-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

What People Are Saying About Kyle Maynard

Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness says about Kyle:
"Kyle Maynard's inspirational story is about succeeding against odds that most of us can't imagine. How does Kyle do it? His title says it all: 'No Excuses.' That's a habit we could all adopt from this great book, written by a highly successful young man."

Troy Aikman, former quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys, was also inspired by Kyle:
"Significant achievement occurs to those who have the courage to overcome disappointment and setbacks to pursue their dreams. This is an inspirational book about the perseverance of the human spirit. Let Kyle inspire you!"
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