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Injured Olympian Makes Good on Vow to Walk at Wedding

After breaking his neck in a backflip accident, two-time Olympian Jamie Nieto was told by some doctors that he may never walk again. But Olympians are known for their determination on their quest to victory. On July 22, Nieto achieved his goal: walking to the altar at a church in San Diego to marry his bride, Shevon Stoddart. These marked the first steps toward the rest of their life together.

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Tears well up in the eyes of Two-time Olympic jumper Jamie Nieto, who was paralyzed from neck down 15 months ago after a spinal cord injury, as he watches his bride Shevon Stoddart walk up the aisle toward him during their wedding ceremony Saturday, July 22, 2017, in El Cajon, Calif. The two-time Olympic high jumper successfully walked down the aisle under his own power at his wedding to the Jamaican hurdler.
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Groomsman Steve Froehlich, right, helps two-time Olympic jumper Jamie Nieto get dressed in his hotel room before his wedding with Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Diego, Calif. Nieto, who was paralyzed from neck down 15 months ago after a spinal cord injury, successfully walked down the aisle under his own power at his wedding to the Jamaican hurdler.
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Two-time Olympic jumper Jamie Nieto, who was paralyzed from neck down 15 months ago after a spinal cord injury, enters the church with the help of a walker for his wedding ceremony with his bride Shevon Stoddart Saturday, July 22, 2017, in El Cajon, Calif. The two-time Olympic high jumper successfully walked down the aisle under his own power at his wedding to the Jamaican hurdler.
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Groomsman Steve Froehlich, foreground, shares a laugh with two-time Olympic jumper Jamie Nieto while helping him get dressed in a hotel room before Nieto's wedding with Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, Saturday, July 22, 2017, in San Diego, Calif. Nieto, who was paralyzed from neck down 15 months ago after a spinal cord injury, successfully walked down the aisle under his own power at his wedding to Stoddart.
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Two-time Olympic jumper Jamie Nieto and his bride Shevon Stoddart, a Jamaican hurdler, walk down the aisle after their wedding ceremony at a church Saturday, July 22, 2017, in El Cajon, Calif. Step by halting step, Nieto made good on his vow to walk his new wife down the aisle of the church and out the door to a waiting limousine. It was roughly 130 steps, with a stop about halfway down the aisle for a kiss to appease the photographers. No cane, no walker, just his right arm holding onto his wife's left arm.
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Two-time Olympic jumper Jamie Nieto, who was paralyzed from neck down 15 months ago after a spinal cord injury, sheds tears while greeting a guest at his wedding with Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, Saturday, July 22, 2017, in El Cajon, Calif. Step by halting step, Nieto made good on his vow to walk his new wife down the aisle of the church and out the door to a waiting limousine.
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Finally, husband and wife. Jamie Nieto married Shevon Stoddart on July 22 in San Diego. He walked at least 130 steps to meet his bride -- a feat some thought might not be possible after a backflip accident left him paralyzed last year.
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As Nieto took each step, his loved ones -- sitting in the church in El Cajon -- erupted into joyful clapping.
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The bride, who has a beautiful voice, sang as she walked down the aisle to her groom.
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Two-time Olympic jumper Jamie Nieto, center, who was paralyzed from neck down 15 months ago after a spinal cord injury, smiles as he struggles with putting a ring on the finger of his bride Shevon Stoddart during a wedding ceremony Saturday, July 22, 2017, in El Cajon, Calif. Step by halting step, Nieto made good on his vow to walk his new wife down the aisle of the church and out the door to a waiting limousine.
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Two-time Olympic jumper Jamie Nieto, center right, who was paralyzed from neck down 15 months ago after a spinal cord injury, and his bride Shevon Stoddart take a group photo after their wedding ceremony Saturday, July 22, 2017, in El Cajon, Calif. Step by halting step, Nieto made good on his vow to walk his new wife down the aisle of the church and out the door to a waiting limousine.
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Two-time Olympic jumper Jamie Nieto, right, who was paralyzed from neck down 15 months ago after a spinal cord injury, pauses for a moment while walking down the aisle with his bride Shevon Stoddart after their wedding ceremony Saturday, July 22, 2017, in El Cajon, Calif. Step by halting step, Nieto made good on his vow to walk his new wife down the aisle of the church and out the door to a waiting limousine.
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Two-time Olympic jumper Jamie Nieto, center right, and his bride Shevon Stoddart, a Jamaican hurdler, walks out of a church after their wedding ceremony Saturday, July 22, 2017, in El Cajon, Calif. Step by halting step, Nieto made good on his vow to walk his new wife down the aisle of the church and out the door to a waiting limousine. It was roughly 130 steps, with a stop about halfway down the aisle for a kiss to appease the photographers. No cane, no walker, just his right arm holding onto his wife's left arm.
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