Paralympic Cheers On 2-year-old With Prosthetic Leg
A heartwarming video shows Kingsport native and 8-time Paralympic Track and Field international medalist Blake Leeper encouraging a 2-year-old child who was using a prosthetic leg. Leeper is seen encouraging the child named KJ.
Leeper told Good News Movement that he was trying on his new running legs and setting his sights to run in next year's Olympics when he came across the child. Leeper graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School and attended the University of Tennessee.
His first medal came at the 2011 Parapan American Games where he won the silver in the 100-meter dash. He competed in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, where he won two more medals - a bronze in the 200-meter dash and silver in the 400-meter dash, losing to Oscar Pistorius. Leeper has also medaled five times in the World Para Athletics Championships.
Leeper hoped to race in next year's Olympics using his prosthetic legs, but his appeal was denied.