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Brody Malone: Hometown Hero Competing in Tokyo
Brody Malone ties a pink bandana to his backpack so he can carry memories of his mother with him to competitions. It’s the same fabric she wore when she lost her hair during an ordeal with breast cancer. She died in 2012, a month shy of Brody’s 13th birthday.
She had enrolled her son in tumbling classes at age 3, and encouraged him to think about competing in the Olympics one day. She obviously saw the potential in her child who once fractured a leg climbing out of his crib.
After losing his Mom, Brody found respite in the gym, and on weekends, he also competed in rodeos. He spent his youth going from a roping horse to the pommel horse.
Malone lives in Summerville, Georgia and first trained near his girlfriend’s home in Cartersville, before receiving a scholarship to Stanford. He is one of only five men on the American Gymnastics team in Tokyo and has started the Tracy Malone Foundation for cancer research to safeguard the memory of his mom.
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