By ALEX KOMSTHOEFT/Montana State News
Bozeman resident and Montana State University graduate Kevin Michael Connolly, is starring in a television series called“Armed & Ready” on the Travel Channel.
Connolly is easily recognizable. Hewas born without legs and uses a skateboard to get around. He has been lauded as. He has been lauded as an inspiration by many people. Connolly Connolly has become a well known author, photographer and thrill seeker who has a knack for pushing the limits.
Connolly’s desire for adventure is featured in “Armed & Ready,” where he creates new rigs to travel anywhere, conquer anything and push the limits of the world around him. From mountain boarding on lava rocks to jumping off a 40-foot cliff, his physical limitations are put to the test.
“My dad has always called me a test pilot because my life is like one giant experiment wrapped in a whole lot of straps and covered in Duct Tape,” said Connolly on the preview for his upcoming show. “The way I see it if you want to get the biggest thrills, you need to be willing to get your hands dirty, because life is too short to let fear get in the way.”
Connolly is put through a varietyof challenges on the show. He climb a 50-foot tree and attempts log rolling for the first time among a group of lumberjacks. Throughout the season you can also catch him riding class 4 rapids in his custom cataraft, zip lining and even jousting. You can also watch him try “globe riding,” in which Connolly is put into a Zorb essentially a human hamster ball and rides down a hill.
“Being disabled is a matter of choice; anything that you try to hide from the world also imposes a limit on you,” said Connolly. “If you don’t want to risk showing off those wobbly knees or clumsiness on the dance floor, and decide to sit on the sidelines, then you’re unable to dance and thus, disabled. If you think having no legs sucks, I’m going to prove to you otherwise.”
The next episode airs Tuesday, Feb. 26.
– Edited by Matt Parsons