Grace Norman crosses the finish line first in Rotterdam at the World Championships. Contributed photo

5 things to know about Grace Norman, Paralympics

The Paralympics begin Thursday in Rio and run through Sept. 18.

Here is your need-to-know info:

1. Among the 4,350-plus athletes from 160 countries set to compete is Grace Norman, a freshman at Cedarville University who attended Xenia Christian High School.

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2. One of Norman’s events, triathlon, is part of the Paralympics for the first time. Canoe is also making its debut at the Games. She will also compete in the 400-meter run.

3. The triathlon is set to take place Saturday and Sunday while the 400 final is Monday.

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4. Other events in the Paralympics include archery, cycling, equestrian, goalball, rowing, shooting, sailing, swimming, sitting volleyball, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing and wheelchair tennis.

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5. Norman was born missing her left foot and the big toe on her right foot because of a congenital amniotic band disorder. She competes wearing a Flex-Foot Cheetah, a J-shaped, carbon-fiber prosthetic made famous by South African runner Oscar Pistorius.

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