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, all started 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 affix 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 develop into the 1st Iraq veteran to win Paralympic gold is likely one of the so much awesome, inspiring, and compelling tales within the historical past of activities.
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Extra info for Amped: A Soldier's Race for Gold in the Shadow of War
But he believed I still had a chance. This guy has got to live, Rigby thought. The medics and other soldiers loaded Shatto, Vang, and me onto stretchers and carried us across the highway to the chopper. This time we got to the Blackhawk’s side door without a bomb going off. The medics clipped the straps on our stretchers into hooks on the helicopter wall to secure us for the short ride to the CSH, or “cash” as everyone called it. Shatto’s stretcher was below mine. “Hang in there, bro,” he said.
The biggest reason I grabbed my aid bag and often ventured into the angry Baghdad streets, risking everything, was to help the other soldiers get back to their families. People were depending on me, including the woman I wanted to marry. I had first met Candy Gibson when we were in the fifth grade. I gave her a shiny necklace and wanted to be her boyfriend. By the time we reached high school, we remained close friends, although we didn’t date. She was pretty and smart, and I always felt like Candy had my back, that I could trust her and depend on her.
As a 145-pound cornerback, I was as quick as a water bug with the ability to cover anybody on pass routes. indd 26 5/15/08 1:56:14 PM SOUTHERN ROOTS I didn’t have the size to consistently make big hits. Truthfully, this was a big reason I entered the army and, eventually, found myself in a war zone. While in the military, I fully committed myself to the weight room. I never wavered. Even when my platoon was ordered to guard a power plant in Baghdad for a few weeks, I found a flat, padded bench, a bar, and a stack of weight plates at the industrial complex—just enough to crank out some bench-press sets.
Amped: A Soldier's Race for Gold in the Shadow of War by Kortney Clemons