LJ Helbig, a sophomore on the University of Wyoming wrestling team, will be one…340 wrestlers overall competing in the NCAA Wrestling Championships starting today at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia.
But he’ll enjoy only the sights of the national tournament while he competes, not the sounds.
Helbig is deaf, born that way due to a rare medical condition.
He can hear well off the mat, thanks to his cochlear implant, but he can’t wear the device when he wrestles.
[Helbig said] “Growing up deaf has been difficult, but not as difficult as you might think.”
Reminds me of S05E22 of House where the patient was a Deaf wrestler with a cochlear implant.