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Paralympians Prepare For Beijing

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Paralympians Prepare For Beijing

By Lance Allan

WHITEWATER - The 2008 Summer Olympics ended Sunday, but two Whitewater athletes are just getting ready to go to Beijing. Jeremy Lade and Matt Lesperance will guide Team U.S.A.'s wheelchair basketball team next month at the Paralympic Games. "We put a lot of time into it, and being a member of the team is definitely one of the rewards that comes with it," said Lade. Lesperance said the people from home think it's pretty cool he gets to go. "It obviously is, and I'm so excited for it. I can't wait for it to come," he said. Lade said he thinks it's foolish to go to Beijing without wanting to win gold, or without having high expectations. "We're definitely shooting for the best that we can do, and if all the cards fall right, and we play the best that we can, we have the potential of winning gold," Lade said. Lade and Lesperance are used to playing in front of a couple thousand people. In China, more than 20,000 people will be court side. The teammates have been practicing about four hours a day. They have one more practice on Monday before they spend a few days in San Jose, and then it's off to Beijing. The 2008 Paralympic Games run September 6-17.
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