From Louisville to London, Athletes from our Region are Realizing their Dreams

Paralympic Games in LondonThe 2012 Olympic games have come to a close, but after an exciting few weeks of competition, viewers can look forward to another round of fierce tournaments when London plays host to the Paralympics Games starting on Wednesday, August 29.

This year, Louisville has a favored olympian we’ll be cheering on, Dennis Ogbe. Not only is he the top ranked American and U.S. champion in both shot put and discus classifications, he’s also a favorite for the 2012 London Games.

Dennis is originally from Nigeria and has a truly inspiring story of strength, determination, and courageousness. At age three he contracted Malaria and when a nurse accidentally broke a needle in his back, he was in a coma for several days. When he woke up from the coma, he contracted Polio which left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Through hard work and the encouragement of a friend, Dennis was able to regain the strength of his right leg, learning to walk on his own, run, and eventually compete in Olympic events.

Dennis came to the United States on a sports scholarship and holds a Bachelors and M.B.A. from Bellarmine University. At Bellarmine, he competed against able-bodied athletes in discus, shot put, and javelin.

Dennis competed for his native Nigeria at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, but decided his next goal would be to represent the United States at international competition. Ogbe officially became an American citizen in 2010 and he competed for Team USA for the first time at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.

On his website, Dennis described what it means to represent team USA in London: “I am so proud to be an American, I cannot even find the words to describe the feeling. Having kits (uniforms) with the USA logo on them from the U.S. Paralympic Committee are so special, I wear them with great respect and pride.”

The men’s track and field competition begins on August 31. Times are subjet to change so be sure to check out the official Paralympic website for the most updated schedule.

We can’t wait to watch Dennis compete in the Paralympic games and wish him the best of luck as he reaches his goals and realizes his dreams!


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