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Meet Georgia's Paralympians
Meet Georgia's Paralympians

ATLANTA -- The 2012 London Paralympics begin Wednesday, and several Georgians are hoping to bring home the gold at the Games.

Learn who to root for here:

Richard Browne, 21, Athletics
Browne is a native of Jackson, Miss., and now attends Morehouse College in Atlanta. He suffered a below-the-knee amputation after an accident in 2009, but quickly bounced back to become a Paralympian. Browne will compete in the 100m, 4x100m and high jump. He won silver in the high jump and bronze in the 100m at the 2012 Paralympic Trials.

McKenzie Coan, 16, Swimming
Coan lives in Clarksville and is a member of the Cumming Waves swim team. She is also in the process of creating a charity called Kenzie Kares, which will donate books, coloring books and crayons to area hospitals. Coan is wheelchair-bound due to a condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which weakens her bones. She will compete in the 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke.
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Amanda Dennis, 18, Goalball
Dennis is a blind athlete from Peachtree City. She helped lead the U.S. goalball team to a gold medal at the 2011 Parapan American Games. Dennis will now play forward for the Paralympic team. She plans to enroll in college to study political science in the spring.

Lee Ford, 41, Archery
Ford is a paralegal from Perry, near Warner Robins. She suffered a herniated disc that paralyzed her left leg in 2005. Ford is a 2011 Parapan American Games gold medalist, a Georgia State University graduate, a jewelry maker and a fire performer. She trains in Conyers and will compete in standing recurve.

Lantz Lamback, 26, Swimming
Lamback, an Augusta native, is no stranger to the Paralympics -- he won the gold medal in 100m backstroke in the 2008 Beijing Games. He qualified for several more races in London, including 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 4x100m freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay. Lamback, who has cerebral palsy, is also an avid paintball player.

Curtis Lovejoy, 55, Swimming
Lovejoy has been raking in Paralympic medals since the 1996 Atlanta Games -- and not all of them were in swimming. The Atlanta native and Morris Brown College graduate was paralyzed in a car accident in 1986. Now, he holds 10 world records and 14 American records. Lovejoy won bronze in wheelchair fencing in the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, becoming the first American fencer to medal at a Paralympic Games. He focuses primarily on swimming now and will compete in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 50m backstroke.
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Joshua Olson, 33, Shooting
Olson was born in Washington State and is stationed at Fort Benning. He lost his right leg in a grenade explosion in Baghdad, but continues to serve in the U.S. Army and train soldiers in riflery. Olson is the first active-duty military member to join the U.S. Paralympic team. He will compete in 10m air rifle and 50m air rifle.
WATCH | Joshua Olson set to make Paralympic history

David Prince, 28, Athletics
Prince grew up in Marietta and now lives with his wife in Florida. He crashed his motorcycle when he was 18, which resulted in a massive head injury and caused him to have one of his legs amputated below the knee. After his accident, Prince became addicted to exercise. He will compete in the 400m.

Krige Schabort, 48, Athletics
Schabort is a South Africa native who now lives in Cedartown. His major race is the marathon, and he's a two-time Paralympic medalist in it, having won bronze in the 1992 Barcelona Games and silver in the 2000 Sydney Games. Schabort is also a war hero; he lost both his legs and one finger in a bomb blast in 1987. He will compete in the 5000m and the marathon.
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Jarryd Wallace, 22 Athletics
Wallace attends the University of Georgia, as did his parents; his father, Jeff, is UGA's women's tennis coach. After being diagnosed with Compartment syndrome, Wallace had his right leg amputated. He is the founder of A Leg in Faith Foundation, which provides prosthetic limbs for aspiring Paralympians. Wallace will compete in the 400m and 4x100m relay.
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Scott Winkler, 39, Athletics
Winkler lives in Augusta. He was injured while serving in Iraq with the U.S. Army and became paralyzed from the chest down; after battling depression, he switched his focus to athletics and discovered that he was a natural at both discus and shot put. Winkler won the gold medal for shot put in the 2008 Beijing Games and hopes to repeat his success in the same event in London.

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