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Ex-Olympian Cliff Meidl embodies Rose Parade's inspirational point
Ex-Olympian Cliff Meidl embodies Rose Parade's inspirational point

The nightmares haven't stopped, not since Cliff Meidl, operating a jackhammer on a construction site in the South Bay in 1986, struck three unmarked high-voltage lines that flashed 30,000 volts of electricity through his body and exploding out of his head, feet and back. Meidl was blasted out of the hole he'd been working in, fell back in, and was jolted again when he hit the jackhammer. His heart stopped, there and in the ambulance that rushed him to the hospital and toward a life that would never be the same, toward multiple surgeries and doctors' ominous predictions that they'd have to amputate his legs above his mangled knees to save his life. Worse than the...

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