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Turning Tragedy to Triumph
These athletes and soldiers may have lost a limb, but it hasn’t stopped them from achieving great things

At the Beach

Aug. 20, 2008: Natalie du Toit of South Africa removes her artificial leg at the starting line for the women's marathon 10km swimming competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. 

Soccer Players

 June 21, 2008: Disabled soccer players take part in a demonstration match before the Euro 2008 quarter-final soccer match between Russia and the Netherlands at St. Jakob Park stadium in Basel. According to UEFA, disabled players will demonstrate their soccer skills before each quarter-final match as part of the "Football for All" project. 

 

Competing

Sept. 8, 2008: Annette Roozen of the Netherlands competes during the women's long jump F42 final in the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. 

Rock Climbing

U.S. soldiers with artificial limbs use a rock-climbing wall as part of their rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

 

Working in Rehab

U.S. Marine 1st Lieutenant Andrew Kinard sits in his wheelchair as he prepares to use his prosthetic legs during his rehabilitation at the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

Kinard lost both legs to an improvised explosive device (IED) while on patrol in Rawah, Iraq in October 2006.

Running

April Holmes of the U.S. crosses the finish line ahead of Austria's Andrea Scherney and Germany's Green in the women's 100m T44 final at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Training

Nov. 6, 2007: U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Gadson (c) works on strength training with physical therapist Bob Barr (l) as Gadson's daughter Gabriella watches during rehabilitation at the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. 

Controlling the Ball

A disabled soccer player controls the ball during a demonstration match before Euro 2008 quarter-final soccer match between Russia and Netherlands in Basel.

After the Swim

Germany's Burkard puts on his prosthetic legs after the men's 100m freestyle S8 heats at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

(Reuters)

Over the Hurdle

Nov. 6, 2007: Army Specialist Saul Bosquez leaps over a hurdle using an artificial leg during rehabilitation at the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

 

(Reuters)

Turning Tragedy to Triumph

These athletes and soldiers may have lost a limb, but it hasn’t stopped them from achieving great things

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