How I Became A Blind Gold Medalist Swimmer

“Not only can I do it. I can do it well.”

Brad Snyder was in high school when the planes hit the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Brad Snyder was in high school when the planes hit the World Trade Center on 9/11.

He decided then and there that he was dedicating his life to making sure that didn't happen again on American soil.

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So he attended the Naval Academy where he graduated in 2006.

So he attended the Naval Academy where he graduated in 2006.

Actually, he was out in combat the night Osama Bid Laden was killed not far from where it happened in Afghanistan.

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But at the end of his 2011 deployment, he stepped on an IED. He was lucky to survive but the explosion left him blind.

But at the end of his 2011 deployment, he stepped on an IED. He was lucky to survive but the explosion left him blind.

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He struggled to cope with the devastating news and deal with a whole new reality of being a blind man.

He struggled to cope with the devastating news and deal with a whole new reality of being a blind man.

Thinking of his buddy who had died in combat inspired him to push forward.

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He says it would be foolish to say he dreamed of being a Paralympic. But he had swum competitively since he was 11 years old.

He says it would be foolish to say he dreamed of being a Paralympic. But he had swum competitively since he was 11 years old.

So he started swimming. And although he wasn't the best, he worked hard and slowly but surely got better and better.

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Bryan was quickly introduced to the Paralympics.

Bryan was quickly introduced to the Paralympics.

He was just in time to try and make it to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

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He worked hard to move up the ranks, earning his spot to compete in the 2012 Games.

He worked hard to move up the ranks, earning his spot to compete in the 2012 Games.

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Then something incredible happened. He fucking WON!!!

Then something incredible happened. He fucking WON!!!

“It was an amazing experience to be at the games, let alone winning a race.”

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Winning the race was incredibly cathartic for him and his family.

Winning the race was incredibly cathartic for him and his family.

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Although swimming competitively wasn’t his original life plan, it became his way of saying, “It’s still me. I’m still the same.”

Although swimming competitively wasn't his original life plan, it became his way of saying, "It's still me. I'm still the same."

He wanted to show people that not only could he still do the same things he did before, but he could de the well!

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Oh, and he also got to meet President Barack Obama.

Oh, and he also got to meet President Barack Obama.

Way to go, Brad!!!! You are most definitely an inspiration.

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How I Became A Blind Gold Medalist Swimmer

"I didn't dream to become blind and I didn't dream to become a Paralympian."

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Paralympic swimmer Brad Snyder trains for the upcoming Olympic games in Rio.
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