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Swimming in Beijing

Jun 18, 2008

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Sarah Handel

We all know Alan Schwarz as Neal's regular baseball-buddy, but today's he's got an incredible story on the front page of the New York Times. It's a profile of Kendall Bailey, a "6-foot-6-inch 19-year-old with an elementary-school mind and a nursery-school temperament" due to autism and mental retardation, complicated by cerebral palsy. Schwarz elegantly describes him as "somewhere between a newborn foal and a condor." But Kendall? Kendall's an elite swimmer headed to the Paralympics in Beijing. The movement of the water over his limb soothes him, and the faster he goes, the better he feels. However, he was almost disqualified after he made the team due to a mix-up with the International Paralympic Committee. Alan's got the amazing story, and joins us today.

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