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Blind Encinitas triathlete trains for Paralympics

ENCINITAS, Calif. — Amy Dixon is a world champion, a seven-time gold medalist and is legally blind.

“I was fully sighted as a child,” Dixon said. “I didn’t start losing my eyesight until I was 22 … so, I never imagined at 44 years old with a rare eye disease that I would be a blind athlete representing the United States.”

The Encinitas resident lost 98% of her vision to an autoimmune disease in her 20s. Refusing to let that slow her down, Amy started slowly exercising.

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