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This Paralympian’s Halloween Costume Just Raised The Bar. And His Leg.
October 31, 2013
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Halloween 2013

If you squint, that photo might look like a real flamingo — or maybe something you'd buy for your front lawn if you like that sort of thing. But it's not.

No, that photo is U.S. Paralympic ski racer Josh Sundquist in his Halloween costume. The "neck" of the flamingo is his right leg, with a slipper on his foot that looks like a head, and the bird's legs are pink crutches. If you're wondering how much work it took to get into that position, Sundquist wrote on his Instagram account that he "almost wrecked" himself maneuvering into position.

Sundquist lost his left leg at the age of nine after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. Since then he's become not only a Paralympian, but also a member of the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team, a bestselling author, a motivational speaker and the founder of, the world's biggest social networking site for amputees.

His flamingo outfit isn't the first time he's come up with a brilliant costume for October 31st. Hit the gallery above to see a couple of other works of Halloween genius from Josh.

But as cool as his costumes are, he stresses in the video below that they are also meant to convey a message:

"My Halloween costumes are just metaphors for this idea: that some of the negative circumstances that are happening to you, that have happened to you, may occasionally lead to unexpectedly positive outcomes," he says.

Via Deadspin


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