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Kerri Morgan goes for gold in London

5:31 PM, Aug 6, 2012   |    comments
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By Heidi Glaus

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - She is dedicated, ambitious and downright relentless.

"I've had the opportunity to work with hundreds of athletes on all different levels and Kerri is kind of an anomaly," said Steve Bunn, Kerri's trainer.

But then, Kerri Morgan isn't getting her grip on just any competition, she's preparing for the Paralympics.

"I think I'm in a place where I can put something good together," Morgan said.

It's not the first time she's competed; she placed fifth in the Beijing Games in 2008.

"My mom goes around telling everyone I was fifth in the world, which sounds better than when I say fifth place," Morgan said.

But this time she has more experience. You see Beijing was only her sixth track event because Kerri didn't originally set her eyes on track and field.

"It really started with wheelchair rugby. I was the first female who made the U.S. rugby team," Morgan said.

In order to get faster she started training on the track.

"I was using it as a cross-training device and it just turned into wow I'm actually okay at this let's see if I can take this a little further," Morgan said.

She obviously took it way further, and this June she broke the American record for her classification in the 200 meter. Now we just have to wait and see if she can medal in London, but regardless she's already set a golden example.

She hits the track September 1 and September 5 and you can root her on in the 100 and 200 meter by watching the games online at Paralympics.org.

 

 

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