Blind sailor takes gold, silver at Paralympic games

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by WHAS11 editors

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Posted on September 6, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 6 at 2:21 PM

LONDON (WHAS11) -- Nearly a year after losing his sight to an IED in Afghanistan a Navy veteran wins gold at the Paralympic games in London.

Brad Snyder said adjusting to life without sight hasn't been easy, but swimming makes him feel whole.

Snyder took the gold in the men's 100-meter freestyle, setting a new Paralympic record in the process. He also took silver in the men's 50-meter freestyle.
 
A reporter asked Snyder if he aimed to be the Michael Phelps of the Paralympics.

“I aim to be the Brad Snyder of the Paralympics! What I hope to do is utilize the Paralympics as a platform to inspire other military members and to inspire others with disabilities to get out there and pursue success in other avenues,” Snyder said.
 
Friday marks one year to the date Snyder lost his sight, and he will swim his favorite event, the 400-meter freestyle. His eyes have since been replaced with prosthetics.

Snyder is one of 20 veterans and active duty service members from Iraq and Afghanistan to compete for the United States
 

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