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Paralympic stars motivate kids to go for the gold

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CHULA VISTA (CBS 8) – They're both inspiring kids to pursue their dreams, no matter what.

Paralympic athletes are proving they can run, bike and swim without legs, and now they're motivating kids to go for the gold in their own lives.

Blake Leeper, a Paralympic runner and Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a Paralympic swimmer, visited Halecrest Elementary Thursday as part of a multi-school tour.

"If you work hard you can overcome any situation and have fun with life," Blake said.

Rudy is a two-time gold medalist in swimming. Both of his legs were amputated when he was five due to a congenital birth defect.

"I tell people they cut my chains off, because after that I was able to walk to school every day, I was able to run, I was able to swim, ride a bike. I was able to be a normal, young, active kid.

The Paralympians greeted the students along with the school's principal, Shayne Wilson, who also knows about adversity. Her hair continues to grow back after beating breast cancer.

"We have a lot of kids who hae challenges, and they need to know that they can overcome those challenges and become anything they want to be," Wilson said.

Rudy and Blake are currently training for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

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