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Rudy Garcia-Tolson
At five years old, after a series of operations had failed to repair his deformed legs, Rudy ­Garcia-Tolson chose to have them amputated rather than spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Now 19, Garcia-­Tolson has set paralympic world records in swimming, and he competed in a half ­Ironman triathlon last year. For walking, he wears the Rheo Knee (below, bottom image), an innovative prosthesis designed by Hugh Herr that adapts to the wearer. An embedded computer chip ­constantly modifies the resistance of the artificial joint according to its position and load, allowing it to adjust to changes in terrain and speed. Garcia-­Tolson uses a pair of lightweight knees (below, top image) for biking and special sprinting knees for running.



Photographed by Jason Dewey

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