Paralyzed boy proves no sport is too extreme

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TOWNSEND, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Kyle Mules doesn't take no for an answer.

"I guess my motivation is people saying I can't do something because I just love to prove people wrong," he said.

When he was paralyzed, doctors told him he may never walk again. They were wrong.

Try telling him he can't play sports, just about any sport. The more extreme, the better.

"I do rock climbing, basketball, water skiing, cycling, snow skiing, snorkling, hockey," he listed.

When he was younger, Kyle dreamed about being a stunt double. But the sickness that paralyzed him threw a wrench in those plans. It wasn't enough to stop his thrill-seeking nature.

"With the adaptive sports, there are people who really like to do this, but they're scared that something will happen," he said. "So I'm always the one to volunteer for something new."

Emphasis on the 'sports' and not so much on the 'adaptive' part.

"We can get out and do what everybody else does. We just do it different," said Kyle's mom, Kelly Mules.

On Tuesday nights during the summer, he kayaks. On other days, he water skis.

In winter, he trades them in for snow skis.

But there was one sport holding him back.

"I don't think I've been on a bike for maybe 8 years," he said.

Until he got his hands on a new set of wheels.

"I'm able to stay more active and I'm just able to go out," he said.

He pedals with his arms and steers with his hands. The rest is just like, well, riding a bike.

"I couldn't get more joy than seeing him try things, and then conquer them. He's out there doing it," said Kelly.

Kyle has one more message to anyone who has ever said no:

"If someone like me can do this, then they can probably too," he said.

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