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Olympian shares message of hope ahead of Rio games

Blake Haxton is one of nine rowers heading to Rio as part of the US Olympic team.

An Olympian from Upper Arlington is sharing his message with Ohioans before going to Brazil for the summer games.

Blake Haxton is one of nine rowers heading to Rio as part of the US Olympic team. He is also a double amputee who lost his legs due to a flesh-eating bacteria.

Haxton shared his story with 60 young adults with disabilities taking part in Paralympic games in Columbus. He encouraged young adults to develop the deeper learning skill needed for success in sports and in life.

"This event today is about getting our transition youth with a disability (and) making the process as easy as I can. Kids can take them and really excel with them.”

Haxton has spent the last several weeks studying for his law school finals at Ohio State University. He’ll finish law school after the competition.