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    导出博客文章Victoria Feige prides herself on her upper-body strength. Its what has propelled
    her through two Tough Mudder competitions and what she relied on when she
    started surfing again after becoming a paraplegic at age 18. So when the
    31-year-old paddles out into the lineup at La Jolla Shores, California, for the
    Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship (Dec. 9-11), shell have one goal
    in mind.If I could get a really nice wave, thatd be sweet. Thatd be good, the
    Vancouver native says.She is the only woman on Team Canada in the nations first
    year participating in the contest.As soon as we were considering some
    competitors for this event, I knew immediately Victoria would be one of my first
    picks, says Gerry Burns, coach of Team Canada and a fellow adaptive surfer. Shes
    had an extensive surfing background, shes athletic, a go-getter and, I think,
    pretty hard-core, too, which is great, especially if the waves get big.It will
    be Feiges first surfing competition, a major feat considering that at one point
    she wasnt sure she would ever surf again following a snowboarding accident.
    During her freshman year at Colorado College, Feige -- who had a decade of
    snowboarding experience -- attempted a method grab, a move shed done
    successfully many times, and it went awry.It all went well until it just didnt,
    she says. I overshot the jump because I wanted to go big for a picture. So I
    went really big, and I didnt speed check. I knew in the air that I was rotating
    badly and it wasnt going super well.A faulty landing resulted in a fracture of
    her T12 vertebra, and initially she was paralyzed from the waist down. During
    her first two years of physical therapy, Feige was unable to walk more than 10
    steps without full support.But through a rigorous physical therapy program and
    due to the nature of her injury, Feige was able to regain some of her ability to
    walk. Now, while she says she spends 80 to 90 percent of her time in a
    wheelchair, shes able to walk a little over a mile with the help of ankle braces
    and trekking poles.I didnt feel tremendous loss, Feige says of her post-injury
    life. I didnt go through a big depression. I didnt have a big freak-out. I was
    very motivated to live my life. I didnt want to be defined by it, more than
    anything, so I was pretty determined not to be like a cliché of someone who
    doesnt do as much anymore.And she hasnt slowed down. Shes an active swimmer,
    cyclist and sit-skier, and she works as a disabled skiing instructor. The injury
    also led to a career detour into physical therapy: She earned her masters degree
    in 2012 and now works full time as a physical therapist.Feige has also completed
    two Tough Mudder Whistler obstacle-course competitions, in 2013 and 2014. With
    the help of her team -- the Chair Bears -- Feige was able to rig her wheelchair
    into a makeshift rickshaw, replacing her back wheels with sturdier mountain bike
    wheels and attaching wooden handrails to the frame so that her teammates could
    help pull her from obstacle to obstacle.[My teammates have] known me through
    physio school and knew the limitations of my body, she says. But I wanted to
    have an adventure, I wanted to have a good time, I wanted to push the limits,
    and they were game for that.Training for Tough Mudder included runs around the
    Vancouver seawall, with stops at the local park for chin-ups, pullups and army
    crawls. Throughout the course, Feige was able to use her upper-body strength to
    power through obstacles like the Everest (a steep wall climb) and the Funky
    Monkey (monkey bars). The experience was both challenging and exhilarating.But
    when it came to surfing -- a sport she had first picked up at age 16 --
    following her injury, Feige was less sure. I had seen mono-skiers around
    Whistler, so I knew, straight off from the hospital, that I would be able to
    ski. The loss I felt, actually, was about surfing. I was like, You need strength
    and balance to surf. Even just getting down to the beach, hows that going to
    work?It wasnt until a family trip to Maui in 2007 that Feige got back in the
    water with a tandem surf lesson -- reinvigorating her waterwoman spirit.As soon
    as we caught that first wave, it was beautiful. It was that same feeling of
    being picked up by the water, the acceleration, the balance, she says. By the
    end of the lesson, she was doing assisted handstands on her board.In January
    2015, Feige and her brother took a surf trip to Panama to build her skills on
    different types of breaks and on different types of boards -- skills shes ready
    to show off this weekend.[Victoria] exemplifies the perseverance and
    determination of the athletes that are competing in the 2016 Stance ISA World
    Adaptive Surfing Championship, ISA president Fernando Aguerre said in a
    statement to espnW. She didnt let her snowboarding accident deter her from
    pursuing her passions and an active lifestyle.The event is in its second year
    and will include 76 athletes from 22 countries.To prepare, Feige has been
    paddleboarding and swimming three times a week. She is particularly excited to
    meet fellow adaptive athletes and encourages other injured surfers to find their
    way back into the lineup the same way she has.People who love surfing are gonna
    surf. Once you try it, you get the bug. You cant turn that off, she says. And if
    you get injured, Id say you can still have this in your life. You can still get
    that feeling. Thats pretty cool. Its just so much fun, how could you stop?
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    received 268.31 points after the free skate to finish 15 points ahead of
    second-place Nobunari Oda. NEW YORK -- Facing a tough trip and a fast
    turnaround, Seth Lugo and the New York Mets quickly packed their equipment bags.
    They took jerseys, gloves and something else, too -- the glow of a sweet
    win.Lugo kept pitching like a playoff-tested ace rather than a rookie, Curtis
    Granderson and Jay Bruce each hit a two-run homer and the Mets beat the
    Washington Nationals 5-1 Sunday night.The Mets won for the 11th time in 15 tries
    and stayed within one game of St. Louis for the second NL wild-card slot. They
    didnt have much time to savor the victory -- they hurried to Cincinnati for a
    1:10 p.m. Monday holiday start.We cant worry about who were playing, where were
    playing, Bruce said. Were going to play tomorrow, and have the evening.The Mets
    had worried that storm system Hermine could severely delay them leaving New
    York, but the expected heavy rain and high winds held off.Are we going to get in
    at 3 in the morning or 4:30 in the morning? Mets manager Terry Collins wondered
    before the game.Lugo (3-2) limited the NL East leaders to one run and six hits
    in seven innings, walking none and striking out four. The 26-year-old righty has
    won three straight starts, permitting a total of three runs, to help rejuvenate
    an injury-plagued rotation.Lugo wobbled in the first inning, giving up two quick
    hits, plunking a batter, making multiple pickoff throws and drawing a visit from
    pitching coach Dan Warthen.After that, Lugo escaped a bases-loaded jam by
    retiring Wilson Ramos on a nubber. He later set down 10 hitters in a row, and
    left to a standing ovation.That was pretty awesome, he said. That was
    crazy.Granderson drove in three runs. New York set a team record with its 97th
    home run at home in a season, topping the 96 at Shea Stadium in 2006.Danny
    Espinosa matched a career high with his 21st homer for Washington.The Nationals
    still lead the Mets by 8 1/2 games with less than a month to go.Just win. Its as
    simple as that. Thats the biggest priority. You win as many ballgames as you
    can, manager Dusty Baker said.And I still believe that we havent hit our sttride
    yet.dddddddddddd I mean, every teams won seven, eight, nine, 10 in a row except
    us. So, I still believe our best time of the year is yet to come, he
    said.Reynaldo Lopez (2-3) gave up three runs on six hits, three wild pitches and
    a walk in four innings. Called up from Triple-A before the game, he did get his
    first major league hit.Daniel Murphy singled and has a hit in all 16 games this
    season against the Mets, the team he helped send to the World Series last
    year.Granderson hit his 23rd homer. Bruce connected for his 29th off Mat Latos,
    who made his Washington debut after being released by the White Sox in June.HATS
    OFFThe Mets and Nationals both wore hats honoring New Yorks police, fire, Port
    Authority and other first responders during batting practice. The Mets also will
    wear them next Sunday on Sept. 11. This was their last home game before the 9/11
    anniversary and they received permission from Major League Baseball for the
    tribute. The Mets asked the Nationals if theyd want to join them, and they
    did.These guys need to be rewarded, Collins said, wearing an NYPD hat.TRAINERS
    ROOMNationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (sore elbow) threw a bullpen before the
    game and Baker said the reports were good. There is a chance the ace could start
    Wednesday at home vs. Atlanta.Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (forearm) is still resting
    and its very possible he could miss two starts, Collins said.UP NEXTNationals:
    RHP Max Scherzer (15-7, 2.89 ERA) was returning to Washington early to prepare
    for his start at 4:05 p.m. Monday against Atlanta. His start was pushed back a
    day to give him extra rest. Ryan Weber (1-0, 5.24) was to pitch for the
    Braves.Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (12-7, 3.35) was ready to start at Cincinnati vs.
    RHP Robert Stephenson (2-0, 3.00). The Reds will honor Bruce before the game at
    Great American Ball Park -- the three-time All-Star outfielder played nine
    seasons for them before being dealt to New York on Aug. 1. ' ' '