Paralympic gold medalist to visit A.R. Johnson

Lantz Lamback celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 50-meter freestyle at the 2012 Paralympic games in September. Lamback, an Augusta native who won two medals in London, will visit with students Thursday at A.R. Johnson.

Paralympic gold medal swimmer Lantz Lamback will visit students at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School on Thursday.

The brother of an A.R. Johnson cafeteria manager, Lamback will meet with several physical education and health classes throughout the day and provide a positive message about determination, Principal Lamonica Lewis said.

“I’ve never met him, but we all have life challenges, and some of them are just more obvious than the rest of us,” Lewis said. “I think the message is no matter what challenges us, we can and should do whatever we’d like to do.”

Lamback, born with cerebral palsy, competed in his third Paralympic games in London this summer. He captured the gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle event, where he set a Paralympic record with a time of 27.84. He also won bronze in the men’s 100-meter freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 1.50 seconds.

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