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    KINGSPORT, TN (CNN) -- A young American blade runner is reaching new heights. A new endorsement will give the disabled athlete a lot of exposure, while also encouraging others.

    Blake Leeper has dealt with his share of hurdles after being born without legs. He has worn prosthetics since he was 9-months-old. He says, "Being born without legs, the doctor's said I would never walk."

    But since 2009 Leeper also known as the American blade runner has had more ups and than downs.

    Last year Leeper won a silver and a bronze medal in London at the 2012 Paralympic Games making the Dobyns-Bennett High School graduate an icon in the world of sports.

    But a couple days ago Leeper's stardom reached new heights when he signed with Fathead. He says, "Now I really think it will help a lot of lives and it will change a lot kids aspects on life."

    Leeper is the first para-athlete be picked up by the company that makes wall decals, murals and graphics of sports icons.

    He believes this opportunity will give him the chance to encourage younger disabled athletics. He says, "It's not only for me, but for all of the kids all around the world to see me when they are going through a challenge or a situation and feel like there is nobody to relate to, there's nobody they can look up to, they can go to fat head."

    Leeper tells me that signing with fathead is just the beginning of a legacy that he hopes to create for para-athletes around the world. He says, "The first disabled athlete to be part of Fathead is huge, I'm the first but hopefully I want be the last."

    Leeper is currently training in San Diego, and hopes to qualify for the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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