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LDS Paralympic gold medalist prepares for Rio 2016

Ireland's Jason Smyth celebrates after crossing the finish line in the men's 100-meter T13 final to win gold and set a new world and Paralympic record in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games in China.
Ireland's Jason Smyth celebrates after crossing the finish line in the men's 100-meter T13 final to win gold and set a new world and Paralympic record in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games in China.
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Four years ago, Jason Smyth missed qualifying for the Olympics by a matter of centimeters. This year, Smyth, the world’s fastest Paralympian, is preparing to race in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

An article by Mormon Newsroom United Kingdom features Smyth, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Ireland.

At 8 years old, Smyth was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, which caused him to lose his vision. At the Paralympics in London in 2012, Smyth competed in the 100–meter sprint and finished in 10.22 seconds, earning him the title “the fastest Paralympian on the planet.”

Smyth credits his faith for helping him achieve his goals.

“Who I am as a person is because of my faith,” Smyth told Mormon Newsroom Pacific. “It gives me a greater perspective of what is important in life, as well as an inner strength that motivates me to do better."

Read the full article on Mormon Newsroom United Kingdom.

Lindsey Williams writes for the the Faith and Family sections of DeseretNews.com