Young Valley amputee prepares to compete in triathlon

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.-- A Valley 16-year-old is headed to London to compete in a triathlon, and he's doing it with just one leg.

Jacob Pruett is a very active teenager. He is also an amputee. He lost one leg at just 5 weeks old in an accident at the hospital. But with the help of his twin brother, Jacob never let it slow him down.

"He really pushed me because I wanted to do everything he was doing, like crawling," Jacob said.

He tried his first triathlon a year and a half ago and knew he wanted to do this as a sport. With several triathlons under his belt, he qualified for the ITU World Championships in London next week.

He will be one of only three people from the United States in his category and he's often the youngest.

"The most important thing to me is representing the U.S.," Jacob said.

He is now running, swimming and biking his way through the challenge, and he's inspiring everyone along the way.

"Never give up and keep working at whatever your disability or challenge is. Anyone can do it. It just takes time and effort," he said.

Jacob leaves for London on Monday. The triathlon is on Friday, Sept. 13. 

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