Blaze Foster, a May Slippery Rock University sport management graduate from Monroeville, will be among some 400 athletes competing in the 2013 World Dwarf Games at Michigan State University.
The games, which draw athletes from 20 countries, including 209 from the U.S., are set for Aug. 3-10.
Born with dwarfism, Foster was selected to represent TEAM USA and the Dwarf Athletic Association of America in the World Games because of his performance in the DAAA National Games for dwarf athletes in three of the past four years, according to a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Foster will compete in track and field and swimming events.
"I cannot wait, I've been preparing for this for three years," Foster told the newspaper.
His previous experience includes competing in the DAAA National Games in Manhattan in 2009, in Nashville in 2010 and in Dallas in 2012.
Foster will run the 4-by-100 relay and swim in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle events.
As a youngster, Foster was involved in neighborhood athletics and swam for the Garden City Dolphins Swim Team. He also wrestled for Gateway High.
The World Dwarf Games, a multisport competition, is expected to be the largest sporting event in history for dwarf athletes, according to a press release from Team USA. The athletes will compete in 13 Olympic-style sports.
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