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Paralympian Ezra Frech ‘grateful’ to have chance to represent USA

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Paralympian Ezra Fleck will compete for the United States at the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics and was on the verge of winning two medals in the T63 long jump and high jump.

Fleck, who is born with a congenital limb defect that has left him missing most of his left foot and the fingers on his left hand, won a gold medal in the T63 high jump at the 2023 World Championships in Paris and a silver medal at the 2024 World Championships in Kobe, and is likely to compete in two consecutive Paralympics.

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Ezra Fleck attends US Media Day

U.S. Paralympian Ezra Fleck (Robert Deutsch – USA Today Sports)

In a recent interview with Fox News Digital, he said representing the United States on the world stage is a dream come true.

“It’s been a childhood dream to put on the red, white and blue,” he said. “This country is amazing and I’m grateful for all the opportunities it has given me. I’m grateful to live in the greatest country in the world.”

“So I’m proud to wear the red, white and blue. There are so many people who have sacrificed for our freedom. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to play internationally and wear the American flag on my chest. It means a lot to me.”

Eza Fleck in 2023

American athlete Ezra Fleck will compete at the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships in Paris on July 13. (Gen Yoshimura/Getty Images)

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Fletch, a recipient of a grant from the Angel City Sports Foundation through the P&G Athletes for Good Initiative, had just turned 19 and was just 15 when he competed in his first Olympic Games. He finished fifth in the high jump and eighth in the long jump.

At the 2023 World Championships, Flech set a new world record in the T63 high jump with 1.95 metres.

He told Fox News Digital that it was up to him to bring home a gold medal at this year’s Paris Summer Paralympics.

“The truth is, if I keep doing what I’m doing, I can win the gold medal,” he said. “It’s all on me. If I lose, it’s on me. Nobody has done anything to destroy me, nobody can beat me. The only person who can beat me in Paris is myself.”

Sam Gru and Ezra Fletch

Sam Grew and Ezra Fleck, right, will compete at the 2024 World Para Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan, on May 21. (Gen Yoshimura/Getty Images)

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The U.S. Paralympic Team Trials will take place from July 18th to July 21st.

The Paralympics will begin on August 28th and run until September 8th.

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