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Sep 11, 2012 8:24 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Judo Paralympic Team brings medals back to Colorado Springs

The Paralympic Closing Ceremony had some pretty big name to finish off the games. Coldplay, Jay-Z and Rihanna put on a show for the crowd. 

Our own hometown athletes were there to enjoy the performances and soak in the success of their accomplishments. The men's judo team returned home from London Monday night. The athletes are legally blind.

Dartanyon Crockett took home bronze, a feat that was highly regarded since he's only been doing judo for two years. He even shocked himself.

"I was very surprised. There was a point where I didn't think I was going to makeit out of the first match. It's better than I could have even thought of, going into my first games after two years of judo," Crockett says.

Myles Porter took home silver and Ron Hawthorne placed seventh. The three paralympians live and train in Colorado Springs. They'll leave Thursday for Washington D.C. to meet the President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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