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Crippled 9-year-old swimmer shocks crowd

November 24, 2008 9:58:43 AM PST
A 9-year-old swimmer is leaving the competition in her wake even though she was born with a crippling disability.Anna Amend has only one arm and a stunted leg, but that doesn't keep her out of the pool.

She competes for the YMCA in Dayton, Ohio, amazing her parents, coaches and spectators.

"I really liked the Olympics. I watched swimming the most. It was really cool," she said.

Anna's parents had adopted her from a Ukrainian orphanage when she was three, and doctors had told them she would never walk.

The speedy swimmer says someday, she might even go for the Olympic gold.


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