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Epilepsy doesn't stop Team USA goalie Gunn

Updated: February 15, 2006, 6:42 PM ET
By Lindsay Berra | ESPN The Magazine

When Chanda Gunn was 9 years old, she was a competitive swimmer. She wanted to be Janet Evans, with four gold medals to her name. But swimming, despite its lack of body checks, tackles and line drives, just wasn't safe enough. Chanda's parents, Rod and Penny, had more to fear than the usual injuries of sport. Their little girl had epilepsy, and seizures and swimming pools were a deadly combination.

So Chanda, ever the happy, agreeable kid, allowed her parents to take swimming away from ...

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