Jennifer French, One of First to Benefit From FES Center Technology, To Compete in Paralympics

One of the first patients to receive implanted muscle stimulation technology developed at the Cleveland FES (Functional Electrical Simulation) Center will represent the United States in sailing this weekend at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Jennifer French, a native of North Royalton, is among six U.S. athletes who begin racing Sept. 1 on the south coast of England. She has been a member of the U.S. Sailing Team since 2009 and has won two national championships in the sport. The upcoming competition marks her first Paralympics appearance.

The Paralympic Games, the ultimate international competition for world-class athletes with a disability, follow the Olympics in London and use many of the same venues. This year will be the biggest Paralympic Games ever, featuring 4,200 athletes from 160 countries who will compete in 20 sports.

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