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Kidsday: Athletes get ready for London

Recently, we went to a Citi-bank in Manhattan to interview Paralympic and Olympic athletes. We met gold medalists Amanda McGrory, Cullen Jones, Christie Rampone and Sanya Richards-Ross. They were there to represent the First Step program. We saw them take their first "step" toward the London Olympics as part of the Citi Every Step of the Way program.

Amanda McGrory told us all about being a Paralympics competitor. She also told us that when she was 5, she was diagnosed with a rare disease, transverse myelitis. When she was young, it was hard for her to make new friends in her wheelchair. Then she started wheelchair races. She soon started to love it and then continued to do it, going into the Paralympics. She has been very successful winning a gold, silver and bronze in 2008 track and field.

Cullen Jones was a great person to interview. When he was 5, he was at a water park with his mom and dad. When he was going down a water slide, he flipped over on his stomach and couldn't flip back over. He nearly drowned that day. After that, his mother gave him swimming lessons and he was instantly drawn to swimming. He won a gold medal in a freestyle relay at the 2008 Olympics.

Our interview with Christie Rampone was lots of fun. Christie is a mom of two, but that didn't get in the way of her winning various medals. Due to her pregnancies, she had to stop soccer for a while. She first started soccer when she was in college. From then on, she played soccer with people from all around the world. She has been to three Olympics for the U.S. women's soccer team.

The last person we interviewed was Sanya Richards-Ross. Sanya is best known for her amazing times in track and field. Even though Sanya was injured, she still kept competing. She was also named female athlete of the decade from 2000-2009 by Track & Field News. Sanya has won the bronze and gold medals and is running for more this year.

Citi is supporting them with the Every Step of the Way campaign. Visit the website: to find out more.


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