The London 2012 Olympic Games gave rise to some pretty amazing stories of teen athletes -- from the Fab Five's big win to Missy Franklin's record-breaking race. And with the 2012 Paralympics taking over London next week, a new group of young competitors will be setting records and breaking barriers.
Among them will be 16-year-old Alex Hendricks, a soccer player from Ohio. When Hendricks had surgery for a brain tumor at age 13, the surgeon hit a blood vessel, leading to two strokes and brain damage. The young athlete was told that he might never walk again.
"[The doctors] said I’d probably never play or walk again or even run again or I’d never be able to play soccer or any physical contact sports because they weren't sure my brain was going to heal,” Alex told NBC4.
But after three years of therapy, Alex started playing soccer again with his high school team, and now he is headed to London to play goalie on the U.S. Paralympic soccer team.
This year, the Paralympics are expected to attract their largest-ever live television audience, except in the U.S., where the games will not be broadcast live. However, NBC Sports will air an hour-long selection of highlights from the games September 4-6 and 11.
Will you tune in for the highlights of the Paralympic Games? Are you inspired by Hendrick's journey to London? Tell us in the comments below or tweet @HuffPostTeen.