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September 16, 2016 PEOPLE by: Char Adams

Paralympian swimmer Brad Snyder has a very special "best friend" by his side as he heads to this year's Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro – his guide dog Gizzy.

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September 16, 2016 Forbes by: Don Yaeger

One of America’s most inspiring athletes is about to compete for the gold in Rio and once again live up to the words her father would say to her when he tucked her in each night in her childhood. “You’re the best, you can make a difference, you can change the world.”

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September 16, 2016 PEOPLE by: Rose Minutaglio

Paralympian Mallory Weggemann has overcome setback after setback in order to achieve incredible success – including two medals at the 2012 London Games. And she's hoping to repeat her triumphs at the Rio Paralympics.

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September 16, 2016 Team USA by: Joe Clarke

RIO DE JANEIRO – Two individual swimmers and a relay dazzled for Team USA Thursday night at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium as Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Maryland) set a world record in the men’s S11 100-meter freestyle to win gold and Sophia Herzog (Fairplay, Colorado) earned her first Paralympic... Learn more

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September 16, 2016 AOL.com Editors

There is no refuting that Mallory Weggemann is a fantastic athlete. Having already won 22 international gold medals between 2009 and 2011, she is a force to be reckoned with in the world of swimming.

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September 9, 2016 Forbes by: Shannon Sims

Last night the 2016 Paralympics kicked off with an opening ceremony that told us a lot about Brazil. But what about the athletes? We combed through their profiles and, as we did before the Olympics, plucked out the 25 American athletes who stand positioned to shine during the Games over the next... Learn more

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September 9, 2016 Parade by: Jeryl Brunner

On September 7, 2011, Brad Snyder, a Navy lieutenant serving on an elite bomb-disposal squad in Afghanistan, stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED).

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September 9, 2016 Sporting News by: Marc Lancaster

On Sept. 7, 2012, a year to the day after an improvised explosive device took his sight in Afghanistan, Brad Snyder stood atop a podium in London and heard "The Star Spangled Banner."

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