Photo: Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division salute the American flag as The Star-Spangled Banner is played during their departure ceremony at historic Fort Snelling May 22, 2011 ( courtesy of The U.S. Army)
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Hugh Herr was a teen rock-climbing star when he lost his legs below the knee. He started tinkering with prosthetics, and created limbs that would help him climb even more efficiently. Herr is part of Adam Piore’s book “The Body Builders” (Photo courtesy of Lindsey Reynolds)
Adam Piore is author of the new book “The Body Builders” (Photo courtesy of Harper Collins)
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