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Canoeist perfects his stroke, aiming for 2016 Paralympics

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  • Jamey Parks

    Jamey Parks, a 36-year-old, above-knee amputee, trains on Timber Lake lake. Parks is part of the USA Paracanoe National Team. Photo by Jill Nance

Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2014 11:06 pm

The canoe drops into the water of Timber Lake with a small splash. Jamey Parks follows, slipping smoothly into the one-person outrigger with what he only recently learned is a too-small oar in hand.

The 36-year-old continues to talk; his voice growing fainter as he pulls the rig — a thin canoe with an arm attached that provides stability — further into the lake. It’s been almost a week since he’s been in a boat, and he’s a little stiff. But he needs to work the kinks out and begin training again, since he races in Raleigh in just four weeks.

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