Paralympic Games - December 2004

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Delivered to America on the Wings of a Prayer
By Meredy Fullen


How she came to us is as much an inspiration as her breathtaking performance in the 2004 Paralympic Games held in Athens, Greece. Jessica Long, America's youngest Paralympic athlete, can stand proud with a fistful of three gold medals and a heart full of dreams for a future beyond anyone's imagination.

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Paralympics Shatters Records, Raises the Bar
By Miki Fairley


It was a time to break records. The 2004 Paralympicsin Athens, Greece, saw 304 world records and 448 Paralympic recordsshattered. A total of 136 nations participated, breaking theprevious high of 123 nations represented at the 2000 Games inSydney,...

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Not All the Gold is in Medals
By Miki Fairley


The nearly 4,000 athletes participating in the AthensParalympics came from countries small and large, industrial,developing, and third-world. Their equipment, prostheses, andorthoses included everything from the latest technology to whatbeing call...

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John Register: Sports and Kids Are His Life
By O&P EDGE Editorial Staff


John Register has loved sports most of his life.Growing up in Oakbrook, Illinois, on the west side of Chicago, hisfavorite sport was baseball. During his freshman year in highschool, he faced his first athletic setback: the baseball coachtold him...

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Paralympic Academy Inspires Young Athletes and Coaches
By John Register


The inaugural Paralympic Academy, sponsored by USParalympics, was more than a success; it transcended myexpectations and the lives of the six children and coaches who wontrips to Athens, Greece, to experience the 12th ParalympicGames. In chairs, f...

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Otto Bock Paralympics Repair Workshop: Technicians Find Creative Solutions for Athletes
By Miki Fairley


For several years, Otto Bock HealthCare,headquartered in Duderstadt, Germany, has provided the exclusiverepair service for orthotic and prosthetic devices and wheelchairsat the Paralympics. The company generously offers its services freeto athlete...

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Association Spotlight

ACA Adds Prosthetic Parity Reference Page to Website


The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA), Knoxville,Tennessee, has moved forward with its Access to Care and HealthPromotion Initiative by adding a new Prosthetic Parity ReferencePage to its website. After identifying access to care and health promo...

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Reimbursement Q&A
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


The future of your practice depends onknowledgeable billing and collection information. Understanding thefull aspect of billing guidelines and procedures will effectivelyincrease your reimbursement. This informative column will helpproviders and t...

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Charles Emerson, CO


Charles Emerson, CO Faith Prosthetic Orthotic Services Inc. Concord, North Carolina What is your favorite sport? NASCAR racing.

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Perspective

Dreaming of Gold
By Tabi King


Didn't we all dream of Olympic Gold? I'll neverforget watching four-time Olympic gold medalist Olga Korbut show uswhat gymnasts can really do. Other memorable moments were watchingNadia Comaneci define gymnastics with perfection; watching CarlLewi...

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Viewpoints

From the Editor: Human Spirit Shines at Paralympics
By Miki Fairley


Once again, the Paralympics has shown the power of the human spirit. And in this issue, wecelebrate that power with coverage of the Paralympic Games inAthens. For instance, 12-year-old Jessica Long came from an orphanage inRussia to a loving adopt...

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