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EDMOND, Okla. — The Olympics are over but that does not mean London is finished.

Organizers are now gearing up for the Paralympic games.

Many athletes for those games train at UCO, others use a well-known Oklahoma doctor to keep themselves in top shape.

Jim Bob Bizzell is one the many paralympians getting ready to head to London for this year’s games.

Bizzell said, “To represent the country is just unbelievable.”

He lost his leg back in 2007 in a motorcycle accident.

An All-American runner in college, he didn’t let his loss of a leg get in his way.

He said, “I just ran with it and never let it bother me. To this day, I still make jokes about it.”

Bizzell is competing in this year’s Paralympic track and field competition.

The world record holder stopped in Oklahoma City before heading overseas to make sure his prosthetic leg is in top shape.

He said, “Today I’m just getting some last-minute issues taken care, of some height issues.”

Scott Sabolich, with Scott Sabolich Prosthetics, said, “Part of the fun is tweaking and tuning because what we did there could make him that much faster.”

Despite his competing in the Paralympic games, Bizzell said he and other paralympians work and train just as hard any Olympic athlete.

He said, “We’re elite athletes. There’s nothing wrong with us besides maybe a disability. But honestly, we don’t even look at it as a disability. I’m just as normal as everyone else.”

His biggest competition in track and field will likely be the double amputees.

Sabolich said those athletes are able to tweak their prosthetics more easily to increase their stride and speed.