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The Dennis Ogbe Story

Dennis Ogbe can throw a discus over 50 meters, some of the best in the world can barely throw it 70.  Oh but there's one thing, Dennis does it sitting down.

"I'm doing this because this is how I got to where I'm at today, sports keeps me healthy, it keeps me strong, Ogbe said. "If you notice I walk with a limp, I develop balance when I go to the gym or walk, it helps my back as well as my posture.  So I'm going to keep playing sports until my body can't take any more."

Dennis, who is a paraplegic athlete, is number one in the world in both the discus and the shot put.  He was born in Nigeria and developed Polio at a young age.

"I had malaria fever and was taken to the hospital, the nurse there injected me in the wrong side of my back and the needle broke inside of me.  So I was in a coma for three days.  I was taken there to a bigger hospital where I was operated upon.  When I woke up I woke up without the use of both limbs, so I was paralyzed in both legs."

From there he made it a point to never give up no matter what obstacles were in his way.

"Growing up with a disability I didn't want a disability to keep me back.  That's why I was striving and trying to be like everybody else even though I'm not, but in my mind's eye I know I could do it.  That's what was really motivating me and pushing me into sports and low and behold this is where I am now because sports is one of the major things that brought me to where I am."

Dennis came to Louisville in 2002 through a scholarship from Bellarmine University.

"I spent four years in my under graduate and then spent a year for my MBA.  I competed all four years and I was not just competing, of course you know I came on a half scholarship so I had to work for the remaining of my scholarship.  Being international I couldn't get any loans from outside so I had to work like three of four jobs to keep me going."

From there Dennis went on to work for a fortune 500 company.

"Working for Brown Forman has been one of the best things to happen to me in life because they understand what I do and they appreciate what I do.  It's a loving company."

Dennis's journey will be on the line this Thursday up in Indianapolis as he competes for the US Nationals for a shot at the Olympic team in London.

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