Navy Paralympic Swimmer Wins Gold


Uploaded by usnavy on 06.09.2012

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LIEUTENANT BRAD SNYDER WON A SWIMMING GOLD MEDALIN THE MEN'S ONE HUNDRED METER FREESTYLE
AT THE PARALYMPICS AUGUST 31ST, SETTING A NEW PARALYMPIC RECORD.
SNYDER LOST HIS SIGHT NEARLY A YEAR AGO, AFTER STEPPING ON AN IED IN AFGHANISTAN.
ARMY SERGEANT ABIGAIL WALDROP REPORTS ON THE UNITED STATES PARALYMPIC VICTORY AND HOW LIEUTENANT
SNYDER IS SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL.
THE U.S. IS RACKING UP MEDALS IN THE SWIMMING EVENTS AND IN HIS QUALIFYING HEAT, NAVY LIEUTENANT
BRAD SNYDER SET A PARALYMPIC RECORD IN FRONT OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE .
"I NEVER WALKED OUT IN FRONT OF THIS MANY PEOPLE , VERY CRAZY, A LOT OF NERVES OR WHAT
EVER, A LOT OF EXCITEMENT. SECOND HIP IN THE POOL. FELT NATURAL AGAIN."
LIEUTENANT SNYDER LOST HIS SIGHT IN AFGHANISTAN LESS THAN A YEAR AGO AND IS ALREADY ACCOMPLISHING
HUGE FEATS AND MAKING AN IMPACT ON AUDIENCE MEMBERS
"I THINK IT TEACHES ALL OF US THAT NO MATTER WHAT'S GOING ON IN LIFE THAT WE CAN OVER COME
IT YOU KNOW. I MEAN, IF THESE FOLKS CAN OVERCOME YOU KNOW PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, YOU KNOW THERE
IS NO EXCUSE FOR US." LATER THIS EVENING HIS CALM DEMEANOR, CONFIDENCE
AND SPEED IN THE POOL EARNED HIM A GOLD MEDAL IN THE 100 METER MEN'S FREESTYLE .
" I HAD TO TOUCH THE WALL FIRST. IM REALLY GLAD TO HOPE SET A PRECEDENT AND HOPEFULLY
IT WILL CARRY THROUGH THE WEEK AND IM GLAD TO REPRESENT TEAM USA."
THE NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYED AND THE FLAG ROSE ABOVE THE CROWD AS LIEUTENANT SNYDER STOOD
AT ATTENTION REPRESENTING THE US MILITARY AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AS A PARALYMPIC
CHAMPION. REPORTING FROM LONDON'S 2012 PARALYMPIC GAMES,
IM ARMY SERGEANT ABIGAIL WALDROP
LIEUTENANT SNYDER WILL CONTINUE TO COMPETE IN SWIMMING EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK.
FROM THE DEFENSE MEDIA ACTIVITY, IM PETTY OFFICER ASHLEY HEDRICK