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After life-altering crash, Mills man trains for biathlon

Published: November 25, 2011

Taylor Weber lies belly-down on the carpet of the Parkway Plaza Hotel, aiming an electronic rifle across a nearly empty hallway.

He props himself on his elbows and steadies the weapon. His target is 10 meters away — a gray box with five bull’s-eyes, each about the size of a golf ball.

There’s no shot when he pulls the trigger. Instead, a robotic voice with a Finnish accent speaks from a laptop to Weber’s right.

“You hit,” it says. “6.29 o’clock.”

Weber’s empty wheelchair sits several feet away. Behind it, a small group of athletes kill time by checking cell phones and chatting with one another.

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