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Paralympian visits Sweet Apple ES

Paralympian visits Sweet Apple ES

ROSWELL, Ga. -- A four-time Paralympian recently visited Sweet Apple Elementary School in Roswell.

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Jessica Galli stopped by the school to show off the bronze medal she won in the women's 800m at the 2012 London Games and to share her stories about the Paralympics.

The track star, who recently celebrated her 29th birthday, has made it to every Paralympics since the 2000 Sydney Games. She has won a career total of seven Paralympic medals, including gold in the women's 400m at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Galli became a paraplegic after a car accident when she was only 7 years old. She was named the U.S. Olympic Committee's 2007 Paralympian of the Year.

Roswell Gymnastics wins state meet

Roswell Gymnastics wins state meet

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The Level 6 girls team at Roswell Gymnastics recently won its third state title in four years.

The talented young women on the Level 6 team placed first in the preliminary state finals on Nov. 10, then went on to become state champions the next day.

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"It is always a special moment when our program demonstrates success while embracing the values of positive coaching and without overtraining our athletes," Roswell Gymnastics program and facility coordinator Cindy Furman said in a statement. "I am very proud of our accomplishments in contributing to the girls' success both in and out of the gym."

The gymnasts received an overall team score of 112.4 at the state championship. A number of competitors also placed in each event:

Young gymnasts qualify for national meet

Young gymnasts qualify for national meet

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Justin Ah Chow, Patrick Kramer and Kofi Reeves-Miller aren't even in their teens yet, but they're already becoming fixtures on the men's gymnastics scene.

The three Roswell boys qualified to compete in the National Future Stars Meet, which will be held in Colorado Springs in November.

They beat out 50 Region 8 gymnasts who competed at the Roswell Recreation & Parks Gymnastics Center earlier this month for a chance to attend the Colorado meet.

"The competition at Region 8 is always challenging, and we are so proud of our 'Future Stars' and their coaches for qualifying for Nationals," Roswell Boys Gymnastics Team director and coach Ben Wood said in a statement. "The dedication and skill of the Roswell Men's Gymnastics Team always shines through in competition. We look forward to their success at Nationals in Colorado Springs."

Run a Halloween race

Run a Halloween race

ATLANTA -- Fall is in the air, Halloween candy has begun to grace grocery store shelves and it's time to start training for a spooky race.

Several metro Atlanta 5Ks, 10Ks and more carry Halloween themes during this time of year. Here is a list of some of the area's fall runs.

(There is also still time to register for many of the upcoming Christmas and holiday runs in the Atlanta area! Check Active and Run Georgia year-round for more races.)

Falcons to take over Eggs & Enterprise

Falcons to take over Eggs & Enterprise

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons will "rise up!" and take over the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce's next Eggs & Enterprise breakfast event.

Jim Smith, the Falcon's chief marketing officer and SVP, will attend the Aug. 28 meeting to talk about the team's upcoming season and many community engagements.

Smith will take the place of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, who had a conflict come up, according to a statement from chamber president Brandon Beach.

Eggs & Enterprise will be held at the Windward Marriott in Alpharetta. To register, visit gnfcc.com. The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 24.

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- The OTAs are winding down at the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch.  The voluntary off season workouts have been well attended and the participation looks to be paying off.

With new Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the team has spent the past few weeks digesting changes that are being put in place for the 2012 season.  Wide receiver Harry Douglas is glad the changes are taking place this year rather than last summer, when the NFL teams were locked out.  Douglas has spent time working special teams as a punt returner during OTAs and says "I did it some during my roookie season and fell in love with it."  It will be something to watch for during training camp.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Mike Smith was pleased with the level of participation and what the team has accomplished during the OTAs and says the upcoming Minicamp will be a continuation of what has been taking place the past few weeks.