Amped: A Soldier's Race for Gold in the Shadow of War by Kortney Clemons

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, begun the method, he had greater than jogging in brain. He desired to run, and run quickly. slightly 3 years after the grim assault that modified his existence without end, he aimed to hitch the elite corps of foreign 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 likely one of the so much extraordinary, inspiring, and compelling tales within the background of activities.

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In Philadelphia, three men drove into town on June 20, 1964, ready to knock on doors. They were James Chaney, twenty-one, a black man from Meridian; Michael Schwerner, a twenty-four-year-old Jewish social worker from New York; and Andrew Goodman, a twenty-year-old Jewish anthropology student, also from New York. The day after the trio arrived, a sheriff ’s deputy pulled over their blue Ford station wagon for a speeding violation and the men were all jailed. According to the sheriff ’s department, Chaney was fined twenty dollars, and the three civil rights workers were ordered to leave the county.

I also would learn that those burns to the massive wounds in my legs had helped save my life. I had been so close to the bomb, the fireball had partially cauterized my bleeding legs and slowed the flow, buying me a few extra minutes—precious time to get from the battlefield to the hospital before I bled out. But Rigby soon would play an even bigger role in my survival. Before wobbling to his feet, Rigby saw me push myself up and then stand on my left foot. I began hopping in place. But in a matter of three or four seconds, Rigby had sprinted over and ordered me back to the ground.

But the event left a deep imprint on him, he told me later. He emerged with a greater appreciation for life. Lying in that hospital bed, thinking of his two daughters and knowing that he could die that night, Rodas vowed to be a better father and husband. The illness forced my friend to be placed on a six-month medical evaluation that prevented him from shipping out to Iraq when I did. In late 2007, Rodas would ultimately be deployed to Iraq, stationed in the International Zone. As the blue-painted bus carrying me and the burned Marines rumbled toward Landstuhl, Rodas was driving out of the hospital parking lot, tired from his all-night shift.

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