MIDWEST CITY — Cody McCasland doesn’t get flustered easily, even when 200 children want to ask him questions.
"Does it hurt?” asks one boy about Cody’s prosthetic legs. No, unless he’s outgrowing his prosthetics, which must be replaced about every nine months.
"Can you run?” Yes, says Cody, breaking into a sprint around the Midwest City YMCA gymnasium.
"Can you hop on one foot?” asks another child. Cody quickly removes one of his prosthetics and hops energetically around the group of children, who clap and cheer.
Cody is 7 years old. He was born without lower leg bones but with an excess of determination.
The second-grader from Colleyville, Texas, spoke Monday to YMCA summer camp participants from across the metro area. On Sunday, Cody participated in his first three-sport event, the IronKids Oklahoma City Triathlon at Lake Hefner. He won in his category and will compete in a national event this fall.
"It was a lot of fun,” Cody said of the triathlon. He uses his arms as propellers for swimming, pedals a handcycle and has donned customized running legs since he was 5.
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