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Local Paralympian wins bronze in South Korea

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Noah Elliott, A snowboarder who grew up in the Gateway City and is a former patient of St. Louis Children's Hospital, just found out he'll be be representing Team USA in the Paralympic Games (Credit: KMOV) Noah Elliott, A snowboarder who grew up in the Gateway City and is a former patient of St. Louis Children's Hospital, just found out he'll be be representing Team USA in the Paralympic Games (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) --St. Louis is now home bronze medal winner in the Winter Paralympic Games, which kicked off in South Korea earlier this month.

A snowboarder who grew up in the Gateway City and is a former patient of St. Louis Children's Hospital was chosen to represent Team USA in February.

News 4 was able to interview via FaceTime with Noah Elliott, who was in Park City, Utah preparing to snowboard for Team USA in the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.

"I'm so excited to be able to have the chance to represent my country and be able to share those memories with the best in the world at what we do and my teammates,” Elliott said. “It's really a dream come true."

Elliott has had a tough road.

He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma -- or bone cancer -- at the age of 16. He underwent chemotherapy at St. Louis Children's Hospital and eventually had to make the difficult decision to amputate his leg above the knee.

"I think he's an inspiration to so many people for being able to take life changes and run with them," said Julie Grant with STLCH.

After a trip to the Sunshine Kids Winter Games in Colorado for Kids with Cancer, Elliott transitioned his skateboarding skills to snowboarding.    

"Paralympic athletes work just as hard as regular athletes if not sometimes harder because of our limitations because of what we've had to overcome mentally and physically," Elliott said.     

Noah will have a crowd cheering him on in South Korea when he competes March 12th and 16th, including his social worker from STLCH, Valerie Kennedy Lang.

"I am really looking forward to the snowboarding events, watch Noah compete in the cross and the solemn, then get to see him on the podium when he medals afterward," she said.

The Paralympic Games start on March 8 and run through March 18.    

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