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Kansas Special Olympian receives special honor

Published on -3/15/2013, 8:26 AM

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- A Lawrence weightlifter will become the first Special Olympian to be inducted into the American Indian Hall of Fame.

When 32-year-old Brady Tanner is inducted Saturday into the hall in Kansas City, Mo., he will join inductees such as Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills.

Tanner has won hundreds of trophies and medals, including three gold medals in the 2011 World Special Olympic Games in Greece and numerous national titles.

He has those accomplishments despite having a syndrome that slows growth and mental development and makes it difficult for him to speak.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/16wNxac ) that Tanner has lifted weights a Haskell Indian Nations University for the past 12 years. His personal record for dead-lift is 575 pounds, while squat is 625 pounds and bench-press is 450 pounds.

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