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Paralympic Fencer Reaches for the Gold a Fourth Time

08/04/2012, 11:53am CDT
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With three other Paralympic games under his belt, 53-year-old fencer Mario Rodriguez has more experience than most competitors.  His story could begin during his tour in Crete as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force.  It could also start with his career as a Russian translator for the military.  But he made an unimaginable decision seventeen years ago that is arguably the most life changing.

He chose to remove his leg. 

Growing up in Houston, Rodriguez was always active in sports. After doctors surgically removed his leg, he needed an outlet. “Fencing has everything,” he remarks. “It is a sport, a discipline, and a martial art you can do for life... more>

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