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 virtually 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, started the method, he had greater than strolling in brain. He desired to run, and run speedy. slightly 3 years after the grim assault that modified his lifestyles without end, 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 without doubt one of the so much impressive, inspiring, and compelling tales within the background of activities.

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Indd 25 5/15/08 1:56:13 PM AMPED I team and to someday make an NFL club. This is how I saw my future. This is how I defined myself. At our gym in Baghdad, I kept that football dream alive. Located in the center of our Camp Falcon compound next to the chow hall, our weight room was bigger and nicer than some of the ritziest health clubs back in the States. The massive gym was jammed with weight racks, weight benches, resistance machines, elliptical trainers, treadmills, and stationary bikes. The walls were lined with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, small windows, and elevated televisions that aired music videos.

Uncle Red was then assaulted by several men—“one of those good old country woopins’,” is how my dad describes it. Red was then thrown in a jail cell, and my grandmother had to go to the jailhouse and beg the authorities not to kill her son. Red was spared and later released. 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.

The same deputy then reportedly followed them to the eastern edge of town, but police later found the trio’s empty, charred station wagon on the opposite side of Philadelphia. In August, FBI agents discovered their bodies on a farm six miles southwest of town. Autopsies showed that Schwerner and Goodman were each shot once in the heart, and Chaney had been severely beaten and then shot three times. indd 31 5/15/08 1:56:15 PM AMPED In 2005, an investigation by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger led to an arrest in the case and the eventual murder conviction of Edgar Ray Killen, a sawmill operator and former KKK organizer.

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