By Kortney Clemons

"When above-the-knee amputeeswalk, we generate seven to 9 instances the strength of our bodyweight correct into the purpose the place the prosthesis meets our residual leg. For me, that is nearly 1,500 kilos slamming into that socket."For any amputee, studying to stroll with a prosthetic leg is a painful, grueling ordeal. quickly after military medic Kortney Clemons, who misplaced his correct leg to a roadside bomb in Baghdad, all started the method, he had greater than jogging in brain. He desired to run, and run quick. slightly 3 years after the grim assault that modified his lifestyles eternally, he aimed to hitch the elite corps of overseas athletes vying for gold within the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. His account of his restoration from this catastrophic wound and his force to turn into the 1st Iraq veteran to win Paralympic gold is among the such a lot extraordinary, inspiring, and compelling tales within the heritage of activities.

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One of the Minnesota soldiers manning the perimeter noticed a bright flash in the window of a roadside building: the signal. Another insurgent in a nearby location saw the light, dialed a predetermined cell phone number, and triggered the bomb. At that moment, it was literally right beneath us. Here’s the odd thing: I never heard the bang. But my father did. Asleep in his bed back in Mississippi, Dad bolted awake and flung off his covers at the sound of a sharp explosion in his head. He shook it off as a nightmare but remained uneasy.

Instinctively, I began to pull myself across the pavement in an arm crawl, working back toward our Humvee on the frontage road, away from that guardrail. Shatto, also lying on the highway about fifteen feet from me, watched me wriggle about two body lengths, leaving a red trail in my wake. indd 19 5/15/08 1:55:05 PM AMPED wounds and two exit wounds; and the bone in that same leg was so badly shattered, part of it was poking through the skin. In that state, he managed to make one and a half full-body rolls away from the guardrail because he expected a second IED to blow.

Indd 30 5/15/08 1:56:14 PM SOUTHERN ROOTS The older generations of my family have told me similar tales of racial beatings or hangings in Mississippi during that era, but two events in particular have gone beyond family talk. They are part of our nation’s history. Both were fueled when Mississippi became a battleground state in the civil rights movement. In 1962, Medgar Evers helped lead a boycott against white merchants that eventually forced the University of Mississippi to accept black students.

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