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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | April 13, 2008
With the trials for this year's U.S. Paralympic swimming team a little more than a week away, Jessica Long came home to Middle River one night after a recent practice and began to feel a shooting pain in her stomach. After going to bed that night, the pain intensified. "It was the worst pain I had ever felt," Long recalled Friday. That is saying a lot, considering what Long has endured in her life. Long was born without fibulas in either leg, and both of her legs were amputated below the knees when she was 18 months old - five months after she was adopted by a Baltimore family from a Russian orphanage.
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From Sun staff reports | August 9, 2014
Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Brad Snyder of Baltimore won his fourth title of the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif., winning the men's 100-meter freestyle S11 on Friday, the third day of competition at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. But the two-time 2012 Paralympic gold medalist, competing at a major international event for the first time since the Paralympic Games, later suffered his first defeat in the meet at the hands Japan's Keiichi Kimura and U.S. teammate Tharon Drake (Hobbs, N.M.)
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | September 18, 2008
Touch the wall - early and often. That was swimmer Jessica Long's goal at the Paralympic Games in Beijing. The Middle River teenager accomplished her task. Long won six medals - four gold, one silver and a bronze -and set three world records at the Games, which ended Tuesday. That done, she set out to complete the other mission she set for the China trip. Touch the Wall. The Great Wall. It was no easy job for Long, who wears prosthetics because her legs were amputated below the knees.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
You start with a little girl, dropped in an orphanage and afflicted with a spinal condition that has paralyzed her below the belly button. She's cared for, yes, but none of the well-meaning adults look at this child, scooting around the facility on her hands, and imagine a future ripe with possibility. How do you get from there to a 24-year-old woman nicknamed "The Beast," a fearsomely muscled athlete who believes her body can fulfill the most outlandish ambitions her mind concocts?
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By Gerald P. Merrell and Gerald P. Merrell,SUN STAFF | September 21, 2004
They fought for months. Passionately, always. Heatedly, sometimes. Susan Katz was just 11 years old, but she was determined to win this argument with her parents because she understood so clearly, so absolutely, what was at stake. Born with spina bifida, she'd undergone surgery a few months earlier to relieve her stretched spinal cord. But the operation didn't go as expected, leaving Katz with two options: walk with the aid of crutches and braces, or use a wheelchair. "We battled it out on that one," Katz recalls.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer | July 9, 1994
At first glance, this weekend's National Amputee Summer Games at Towson State seem like any other competitive meet.There will be an assortment of athletes sprinting, leaping and diving to qualify for the 1996 Paralympic Games, set world records and take home medals.But what sets these games apart are the athletes who are just trying to summon enough courage to compete again. Athletes such as Joseph Edmiston, 37, of Clifton, N.J., who 1 1/2 years ago was immobile in a hospital bed after the lower part of his left leg was removed.
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By Stan Rappaport and Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF | October 6, 2000
Centennial volleyball coach Mike Bossom leaves next Thursday for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games in Australia, where he will coach the U.S. men's standing disabled volleyball team. "It should be a great experience," said Bossom, who has coached the team for three years and said this year's squad is ranked No. 2 in the world behind Poland. The team practiced the past two weekends at the Columbia Volleyball House. The Paralympic Games will be held Oct. 18-29 at the same venues as the Olympics.
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April 7, 2008
Maryland men's lacrosse coach Dave Cottle confirmed yesterday that freshman attackman Travis Reed will not play in the No. 6 Terps' game at No. 12 Johns Hopkins on Saturday. Reed, the team's leading goal scorer, was suspended for Friday's loss to No. 8 Navy after he was charged with driving a motorized scooter under the influence and possession of marijuana after being stopped by police early Wednesday morning. The Diamondback, the university newspaper, first reported the charges and said that Reed was searched Thursday.
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June 8, 2005
In the News Ronan Tynan to receive medal at Hopkins today Tenor Ronan Tynan, whose ringing voice comforted mourners at Sept. 11 memorials and Ronald Reagan's funeral last year and who has triumphed over physical disabilities, will receive the Johns Hopkins University President's Medal today. Born with a lower limb disability in Ireland's County Kilkenny, Tynan, 44, had his legs amputated after a motorcycle accident at age 20. He went on to excel in the Paralympic Games (18 gold medals, 14 world records)
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From Sun staff reports | August 9, 2014
Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Brad Snyder of Baltimore won his fourth title of the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif., winning the men's 100-meter freestyle S11 on Friday, the third day of competition at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. But the two-time 2012 Paralympic gold medalist, competing at a major international event for the first time since the Paralympic Games, later suffered his first defeat in the meet at the hands Japan's Keiichi Kimura and U.S. teammate Tharon Drake (Hobbs, N.M.)
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Sports Digest | June 19, 2012
Paralympics Loyola's Wise, Snyder to swim in London Games Loyola University swimmer Joe Wise has been named to the U.S. team that will compete in the Paralympic Games in London from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9. In addition, coach Brian Loeffler will serve on the coaching staff, while Lt. Brad Snyder - a Navy veteran who lost his sight in an improvised explosive device attack in Afghanistan in September 2011 and is coached by Loeffler - also made the roster.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2012
This Baltimore swimmer hopes to add to an already heavy stash of medals in London this summer. But in addition to training for the qualifying trials in June, there are multiple promotional demands of an Olympic year: modeling the Ralph Lauren-designed athletes attire, shooting commercials for sponsors such as Coke and speaking at media roundtables like the one held here Sunday. It's no wonder that sometimes, you just want to go and get a pretty manicure. "I call them my 'me' dates.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | September 18, 2008
Touch the wall - early and often. That was swimmer Jessica Long's goal at the Paralympic Games in Beijing. The Middle River teenager accomplished her task. Long won six medals - four gold, one silver and a bronze -and set three world records at the Games, which ended Tuesday. That done, she set out to complete the other mission she set for the China trip. Touch the Wall. The Great Wall. It was no easy job for Long, who wears prosthetics because her legs were amputated below the knees.
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September 15, 2008
Clarksville's McFadden wins two silver medals PARALYMPICS Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville captured two silver medals yesterday at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. She started her day in the women's 200-meter final, where she won bronze at the 2004 Paralympic Games. This time she set a new personal best time, 28.43 seconds, to clinch silver. The Atholton graduate grabbed a second silver medal, this time in the women's 800 meters with a personal best time of 1:46.95. "Oh my gosh, I'm so overwhelmed," McFadden, 19, said after winning her second silver medal of the meet.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | April 13, 2008
With the trials for this year's U.S. Paralympic swimming team a little more than a week away, Jessica Long came home to Middle River one night after a recent practice and began to feel a shooting pain in her stomach. After going to bed that night, the pain intensified. "It was the worst pain I had ever felt," Long recalled Friday. That is saying a lot, considering what Long has endured in her life. Long was born without fibulas in either leg, and both of her legs were amputated below the knees when she was 18 months old - five months after she was adopted by a Baltimore family from a Russian orphanage.
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April 7, 2008
Maryland men's lacrosse coach Dave Cottle confirmed yesterday that freshman attackman Travis Reed will not play in the No. 6 Terps' game at No. 12 Johns Hopkins on Saturday. Reed, the team's leading goal scorer, was suspended for Friday's loss to No. 8 Navy after he was charged with driving a motorized scooter under the influence and possession of marijuana after being stopped by police early Wednesday morning. The Diamondback, the university newspaper, first reported the charges and said that Reed was searched Thursday.
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March 3, 1998
Neo-Nazism column was anti-GermanI would like to comment on the Feb. 15 Perspective section column by Martin A. Lee, "Neo-Nazism on rise."I was born and raised in Germany and am Jewish, and agree that neo-Nazism within the German army is worrying. So do most Germans. You can't pick up a German newspaper or magazine without reading about how to solve this problem.But I take exception to the discussion of the organizations representing the "Vertriebenen" -- Germans illegally expelled from lands they had called home for more than 700 years.
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September 15, 2008
Clarksville's McFadden wins two silver medals PARALYMPICS Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville captured two silver medals yesterday at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. She started her day in the women's 200-meter final, where she won bronze at the 2004 Paralympic Games. This time she set a new personal best time, 28.43 seconds, to clinch silver. The Atholton graduate grabbed a second silver medal, this time in the women's 800 meters with a personal best time of 1:46.95. "Oh my gosh, I'm so overwhelmed," McFadden, 19, said after winning her second silver medal of the meet.
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June 8, 2005
In the News Ronan Tynan to receive medal at Hopkins today Tenor Ronan Tynan, whose ringing voice comforted mourners at Sept. 11 memorials and Ronald Reagan's funeral last year and who has triumphed over physical disabilities, will receive the Johns Hopkins University President's Medal today. Born with a lower limb disability in Ireland's County Kilkenny, Tynan, 44, had his legs amputated after a motorcycle accident at age 20. He went on to excel in the Paralympic Games (18 gold medals, 14 world records)
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By Gerald P. Merrell and Gerald P. Merrell,SUN STAFF | September 21, 2004
They fought for months. Passionately, always. Heatedly, sometimes. Susan Katz was just 11 years old, but she was determined to win this argument with her parents because she understood so clearly, so absolutely, what was at stake. Born with spina bifida, she'd undergone surgery a few months earlier to relieve her stretched spinal cord. But the operation didn't go as expected, leaving Katz with two options: walk with the aid of crutches and braces, or use a wheelchair. "We battled it out on that one," Katz recalls.
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