Omar Bermejo achieved and competed with the world's best Winter Paralympians over the past two weeks in Russia.
The 32-year-old former Marine, who had an amputation of part of a severed arm suffered in a June 2009 motorcycle accident, is from Grand Rapids resident, He took part with Team USA in two nordic skiing disciplines at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
He believes he can overcome. He believes in himself.
That steadfastness and determination has brought the 31-year-old former Marine to surmount an amputation of part of a severed arm suffered in a June 2009 motorcycle accident. It has the Grand Rapids resident at the pinnacle competing representing the U.S. in two disciplines at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Russia.
Paul Rodgers, a longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Bad Company and the founder of Free, debuted a solo effort at No. 1 this month on the Billboard Blues albums chart with his "The Royal Sessions."
The collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer was recorded at Memphis' Royal Studios, the historic home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks. The album celebrates the impact of the Memphis Sound.
An independently-made film about a celebrated author's book tour at his fame's rise with the magazine writer who accompanied him recounting that five-day trek is being shot for about a month in greater Grand Rapids.
Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel, "The End of the Tour" is the story of the travels of novelist-writer David Foster Wallace (being portrayed by Segel) at the end of a 1996 book tour accompanied by Rolling Stone's David Lipsky (Eisenberg).
A suspect in the fatal Jan. 31 shooting of a Michigan State University from Middleville in his East Lansing apartment has been arrested in Grand Rapids, according to Grand Rapids and East Lansing police.
Marquay Shaquilleedris McCoy, 19 was arrested about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at a Grand Rapids residence and was being held today in the Kent County Jail, authorities said today.
Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton became the first American pair in 62 years to win a Winter Olympics two-man bobsled medal on Monday, claiming bronze at Sanki Sliding Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, outside Sochi.
The USA-1 bobsled duo had a combined four-run time of 3 minutes, 46.27 seconds with their BMW-made sled to finish just 0.03 second ahead of the fourth-place finishers from Russia. Russia's Alexey Voevoda and Alexander Zubkov won gold with a time of 3:45.39, and Switzerland's Alex Baumann and Beat Hefti clocked 3:46.05 for silver.
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