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Amputee Wants To Sprint His Way To Paralympic Games

Posted September 25, 2000

— One local sprinter is setting records, and his Olympic games have not even begun.

Brian Frasure's sprinting times are some of the best in the world, but what is really amazing is that he only has one leg. As a sprinter at N.C. State eight years ago, he was hurt in a dangerous prank -- trying to hop moving trains on campus.

"The first few months, I was very, very depressed because it just seemed like a hopeless situation," he says.

Frasure thought he would never walk or run again. As he searched for hope, he found his faith. He also found prosthetics and began training again.

"I do the same workout, the same drills. I don't do anything different," he says. "I do the same weight-lifting exercises. There's really nothing I did before that I don't do basically the same way now."

All that training has paid off. Frasure holds world records for lower-leg amputees in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. He is now setting his mind on three gold medals and three world records at this year's Paralympic Games.

"As the saying goes, there's nothing you can't accomplish if you set your mind to it," he says. "I just hope that we get good conditions and hope that I'm on my game for those days, and we'll see what happens."

Frasure trains four hours a day, six days a week with world-class athletes, including Marion Jones.

The Paralympic Games are for people with all types of physical challenges. They will take place in Sydney after the Olympics from October 18 to October 29.

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