Paralympic contender Nitz still pushing

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[Star Tribune, June 18, 2015] It’s rare for Paul Nitz to do anything slowly. During a track career that has spanned five Paralympics, the Edina native has earned a reputation as one of the world’s speediest men on wheels, winning multiple gold medals and setting a world record in the 100 meters.

Nitz’s spinal cord was severed during his birth, leaving him without the use of his legs. As a kid, he participated in several of the sports programs offered at Courage Center — now Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute — and excelled at basketball, earning a place on the wheelchair team at Southwest Minnesota State.

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