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Chris Waddell, 13-time Paralympic medalist (summer and winter Games) and now a motivational speaker.  Photo via Chris Waddell
Chris Waddell, 13-time Paralympic medalist (summer and winter Games) and now a motivational speaker. Photo via Chris Waddell

Paralympian Chris Waddell brings message of resilience to Lake Placid

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The universal experience of challenge and the power of resilience were some of the messages Paralympian Chris Waddell brought to Lake Placid this week. Waddell spoke to students Monday and Tuesday and introduced his documentary, "1 Revolution", last night at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The film documents his almost entirely unassisted paraplegic climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in 2009.

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Todd Moe
Morning Host and Producer

A skiing accident in 1988 left Waddell paralyzed from the waist down, but within a year he was back on the slopes. Since then, he's gone on to become the most decorated skier in Paralympic history, with 12 medals over four games.

Todd Moe spoke with Chris Waddell this week in the gallery at the Lake Placid Center for the arts, surrounded by an exhibit celebrating the Olympic & Paralympic Games. Waddell had just finished speaking with students at Lake Placid Central School about his Nametags program, which pushes young people to challenge assumptions and limitations that result from labels.

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