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Paralyzed woman completes half-marathon

2018-02-02T15:23:01+00:00January 25th, 2018|

In 2007, Claire Lomas was thrown from a horse and subsequently paralyzed from the chest down. A few years later, she completed a half-marathon in England with the help of a "robotic exoskeleton," and raised money for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation in the process, and became the first person to [...]

Sportsmanship by Andrea Nelson

2018-01-18T13:16:13+00:00January 18th, 2018|

During the 2008 Washington State 4A track and field championship, Andrea Nelson, a Laurel in the Woodridge Ward, Spokane Washington North Stake, received her best time in the 3,200-meter race. Although it was Andrea's best time, her second-place finish was still seconds behind the event winner. Within a few minutes after the [...]

Soul surfer Bethany Hamilton

2018-01-11T10:52:53+00:00January 11th, 2018|

Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks (born February 8, 1990) is an American professional surfer. Raised in a surfing family, along with older brothers, Hamilton learned to handle the waves at an early age. She began competitive surfing at age 8, and by age 9 she had earned her first sponsorship. At only 13 years [...]

Eric LeGrand. Endless support

2017-12-28T10:22:01+00:00December 28th, 2017|

Eric LeGrand was a member of Rutgers University’s football team and was on a clear path to a promising career in the NFL (National Football League-American).Tragedy struck when he was paralyzed whilst making a tackle in a game in October 2010 at the age of 20 years old. Eric LeGrand’s injury [...]

Carl Joseph. The one-legged wonder.

2017-12-21T11:26:25+00:00December 21st, 2017|

Carl Joseph is among the eight former Florida prep stars chosen for induction. He is believed to be the first disabled athlete to achieve this honor at the state or national level. Joseph, who grew up in poverty on a tobacco farm in north Florida, was born with only one leg. It's pretty hard to [...]

Morten Wieghorst’s misses a penalty on purpose

2017-12-14T10:18:23+00:00December 14th, 2017|

  This story is about an odd incident which happened during the international football match in 2003 between Denmark and Iran. As the game approached half-time, an Iranian player heard a whistle from the crowd that he misinterpreted as coming from the referee and figured the half was over. And so he [...]

Billy Miske’s final fight

2017-12-07T10:39:27+00:00December 7th, 2017|

Known as the Saint Paul Thunderbolt, Billy Miske was a successful American light-heavyweight and heavyweight fighter in the 1920s whose career was cut short due to Bright's Disease, a deadly kidney disorder. Miske's family struggled financially following his retirement, and though doctors only gave him a few months to live, [...]

The game nobody could forget

2017-11-30T11:20:50+00:00November 30th, 2017|

Jason McElwain, nicknamed J-Mac,  was born in Greece, New York in 1987 with autism. He initially struggled when interacting with other children, but began to develop social skills as he grew older. Although he was placed in special education classes, McElwain enjoyed basketball and was appointed as a manager of Greece Athena High School's varsity [...]

Fearless female motocross rider races for gender equality in Iran

2017-11-27T17:05:59+00:00November 16th, 2017|

When Iranian women see Behnaz Shafiei dismount from her motorcycle and peel off her helmet, they stand mesmerized. “I did not know that it was a woman riding until I noticed her hair,” Mahnaz Rahimi, a housewife, told The Associated Press. “It took me by surprise that a woman can be so courageous. [...]

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