Inland Northwest paralympians prepare for competition

Author: Kylee Cruz, KXLY4 Reporter, kyleec@kxly.com
Published On: Aug 01 2012 12:52:10 AM PDT   Updated On: Aug 01 2012 12:59:41 AM PDT
Inland Northwest paralympians prepare for competition
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Team USA already took home almost two dozen medals in the Summer Olympic Games.
After the games are done, there's still lots more excitement in London when the 2012 Paralympic Games kick off at the end of August..

Amberlynn Weber and Austin Pruitt are two local athletes competing in the games. They have traveled the world competing and have the hardware to prove it.

Pruitt won a bronze medal in the World Championship Games last year while Weber took from home three gold medals in the Pan American Games last Fall but now these two are ready to make the trek to London.



"The last four years I have really been working for this," Weber said.

The blood, sweat and tears on the track hs paid off. "To finally say I am on Team USA for the Paralympics is unbelievable," Weber said.

The dynamite duo just graduated from high school and in 17 days, they'll be off to London for the games.

"All the 5 o'clock in the morning practices and getting up and going to the gym. It's all worth it," Pruitt said.

Weber will compete in the 100, 400 and 800 meter races. Pruitt will go for the gold in the 100 and 200.

"Everybody wants to beat me bad," Pruitt said. But at first, it was Weber who pushed him into sports. Four years later, their bond on the track can't be broken.

"It's just awesome to be able to have someone you know going through the same things as you," Weber said.

These two are true champions, making Spokane proud with every lap they take.


"It's so unreal, it's so exciting, this is nothing I could have ever imagined would have happened to me," Weber said.