作者：沪江英语 来源：TODAY 2015-07-21 13:24
Jessica Cox is not your average pilot.
The 32-year-old, who was born with a rare non-genetic birth defect that left her without arms, has never let her disability hold her back. Growing up, Cox did it all, from swim lessons to girl scouts, modeling, tap dancing and Taekwondo — at the age of 14, she'd already earned a black belt.
"I can't believe how much I did growing up. Every single day after school there was something going on. I don't know how my parents did it," Cox told TODAY. "I was expected to learn to do things like everybody else in my own way, which worked out just fine."
She even learned how to fly a plane with her feet.
Becoming a pilot wasn't always a dream for Cox, but after going up in a single engine airplane with a fighter pilot several years ago, she was inspired to overcome her initial fears.
"Being up in the air put me on edge, but that quickly went away," she said. "It still keeps me on edge, which I like."
In 2008, after extensive training, she earned her Light Sport Pilot Certificate, and in 2011 she nabbed the Guinness World Record for the "First Armless Person in the World Ever to Have Obtained a Pilot's License."
Cox has now traveled to 20 countries on six continents to share her inspirational story. She believes anyone can excel, regardless of disability, with encouragement and support.