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Bryshon Nellum overcame being shot in both legs to become a track star at USC

Published by
RunnerSpace.com/College   on Jul 7 2012, 11:38 PM

LOS ANGELES - Admittedly, Bryshon Nellum had a decision to make. 

When the thought of revenge crossed his mind, he chose to go the other way. That path led him to the track. It became his saving ground. His hospital. His sanctuary. 

It was the place he wanted to be all along. And the place doctors told him he may never be able to compete on again after being shot in both legs.

Now an Olympian, Nellum is grateful for the trials of his past. Yes, grateful, for taking those gun shots to the legs on Halloween in 2008.

He understands that's what makes his story so incredible.

"Things happen for a reason and whatever the reason is, we got something good out of it," Nellum said. "It just makes my story much better. Say if this never happened to me and I took third at the Olympic Trials, I would have been just another athlete. Now that this happened to me, it makes my story even better, but not only that, it inspires others."

The story that made a right turn in Eugene, Oregon last week heading for London, could have easily gone left.

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awesome story.
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