Grace Norman up for Team USA award

Grace Norman, right and her parents, Robin and Tim, arrive at a ceremony honoring her at Cedarville University on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. David Jablonski/Staff
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Grace Norman, right and her parents, Robin and Tim, arrive at a ceremony honoring her at Cedarville University on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. David Jablonski/Staff

Fans can vote for Xenia Christian graduate online

Grace Norman, a sophomore runner at Cedarville University, is one of five Team USA members up for the Female Paralypmic Athlete of the Year award. Fans can vote online at Awards.TeamUSA.org.

Norman, a Xenia Christian graduate who competes with a prosthetic left leg due to a birth defect, won three paratriathlons this year. She beat Great Britain's Lauren Steadman by four seconds in the PT5 class competition in the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships.

"It was a lot harder than I was expecting, but it was good. I'm very glad I didn't give up," Norman told TeamUSA.org. "I normally catch Lauren easily on the first lap of the run, and it wasn't that easy this time, so I think I was just a little bit more tired than I expected. I had to mentally keep telling myself, 'Stay in it, stay in it.'"

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