My58 SuperStar: Wounded warrior, son bond with bowling

My58 SuperStar: Wounded warrior, son bond with bowling


STORY.>>BOWLING IS A SPORT THAT DOES NOT TAKE MUCH. THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO BOWL. IT’S DOWN THE LANE, TRYING TO KNOCK DOWN 10 PINS. MICHELLE: A LOVE AFFAIR OF BOWLING STARTING AT AGE 13.>>I JUST LOVE THE COMPETITION. MICHELLE: 43 YEARS OLD AND STILL COMPETITIVE.>>I CARRY 200 AVERAGE. I HAD THREE 300S. I’VE HAD TWO 11 IN A ROWS. MICHELLE: A HANDICAP?>>MY LEFT FOOT. [LAUGHTER] MICHELLE: TRAGEDY STRUCK IN 1995 WHILE SERVING IN THE NAVY.>>I GOT CAUGHT BETWEEN THE MISSILE AND THE TIRE AND THE TIRE, HEAL AND RAN OVER MY FOOT. GANGRENE SET IN SO THEY HAD TO EDUCATE ME. MICHELLE: — HAD TO AMPUTATE ME. MICHELLE: HE GOT HIS FIRST PROSTHETIC LEG AND MADE HIS WAY BACK TO THE LANES.>>I FELL DOWN IN THE LANE AND GAVE IT UP. MICHELLE: DONE WITH BOWLING FOREVER. OR SO HE THOUGHT. AFTER A THREE-YEAR HIATUS, CHRIS TAUGHT HIMSELF HOW TO BOWL AGAIN.>>I TAKE MY LEFT FOOT FIRST AND THEN I THROW, LANDING ON MY RIGHT FOOT TO THROW THE SHOT. MICHELLE: THREE PERFECT GAMES AND PLENTY OF TOURNAMENT WINS. THE VETERAN IS CERTAINLY BEATING THE ODDS.>>I DON’T SEE MYSELF AS HANDICAPPED. I DON’T SEE MYSELF AS DISABLED. I SEE MYSELF AS NORMAL AS EVERYBODY ELSE. BOWLING PROVIDES ME STRENGTH TO HELP OTHERS.>>MY HERO IS MY DAD BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN THROUGH IT ALL. MICHELLE: THERE IS NO QUESTION CHRIS HAS A SPECIAL BOND WITH BOWLING, A CONNECTION SO STRONG THAT HE SHARES HIS PASSION WITH HIS SON.>>NOW THAT I’M GROWN UP, IT IS MORE COMPETITIVE.>>HE WANTS TO BE DAD. HE IS GETTING THERE.>>I KNOW IN THE FUTURE, I WILL BE ABLE TO BEAT MY DAD. MICHELLE: AND CHRIS IS OK WITH THAT. DEL: GREAT STORY. CHRIS HOPES TO ONE DAY START A BOWLING LEAGUE FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS. DON’T FORGET WE HAVE A PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE THAT IS HOME TO ALL OF MY58 WARRIOR SUPERSTARS. REMEMBER, THERE IS NO AGE RESTRICTION.