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 jogging in brain. He desired to run, and run quick. slightly 3 years after the bleak assault that modified his lifestyles ceaselessly, 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 turn into the 1st Iraq veteran to win Paralympic gold is among the so much striking, inspiring, and compelling tales within the historical past of activities.
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She had received special permission from her superiors to accompany me, although I can’t think of an army commander who wouldn’t have granted that favor. Our last stop would be the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, a sprawling army hospital in southwestern Germany. But after arriving at Balad on Monday afternoon, our pilots had to wait for the cover of midnight darkness to fly the evac plane up and out of Mortaritaville. The transport craft also carried two badly burned Marines. Nurses had taken the seats closest to the patients, leaving Debbie to keep an eye on me and my gurney from across the plane during our six and a half hour flight.
Now, I wasn’t the heftiest guy in the room. I had packed on 20 pounds since enlisting in the army. But I still only tipped the scales at 165. This lift was almost double my body weight. A few deep breaths later, I grabbed the bar, hoisted it off the rack, and held it above my head, arms locked. Slowly I lowered it to my chest. Then, with a small grunt, I snapped it back toward the ceiling. Done. After a few laughs and backslaps, we all went back to work. It was a sweet, momentary taste of our worlds back home, and really, that’s what time in the gym represented—a little lifeline to normalcy.
Due to my higher rank, we had to keep things professional. But we had become friends while training at Fort Hood. We were a lot alike: Odums also had played high school football and, every chance he had, he called his parents and wife back in Ohio. “Odie,” as some folks called him, was always trying to make people laugh. Early in our tour, we had bet that we could outlift each other on the bench—290 pounds would win the challenge. If I won, he would buy me lunch at Whataburger. If he put up more weight, I would buy him a meal at Red Lobster.
Amped: A Soldier's Race for Gold in the Shadow of War by Kortney Clemons