Meet a Black Army Vet Competing in the Paralympics

Centra "Ce-Ce" Mazyck will compete in the javelin event.

Posted: 08/29/2012 03:05 PM EDT

Let the games begin – again! The 2012 Paralympic Games begin this week in London, where more than 4,000 athletes will compete in more than 20 sports. Enter Centra “Ce-Ce” Mazyck, who says she’s an “adrenaline junkie” and “in love with the javelin,” and is one of several military veterans who will compete in the 11-day event.


Team USA features 20 military veterans and active duty service members, including some wounded at war in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Among them is U.S. Army 82nd Airborne paratrooper Centra "Ce-Ce" Mazyck, who was paralyzed when her parachute got tangled with another in 2003. Doctors said she'd never walk again but Maczyk refused to listen. And she has proved them wrong.


"I wasn't hearing it. In my heart, in my soul, I knew I could walk," Mazyck told NBC News. "To this day, I am walking."


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