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Blind pole vaulter overcomes obstacles


MARICOPE COUNTY, AZ (WKOW) -- The Wake Up Wisconsin crew was inspired by a couple of amazing teens Thursday morning.

One of them, Aria Ottmueller, is a legally blind pole vaulter. The Arizona teen has 20-400 vision, which means what a fully-sighted person can see at 400 feet, Aria can only see from 20 feet away.

That didn't stop her from joining her high school track team, though.

At first, Aria says the head coach said no. But after training with her pole vaulting coach, she's not just on the team -- she's qualified for the state championships!

Way to go, Aria!

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