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Female high jumper competes with broken back

Updated: June 2, 2010, 2:28 PM ET
By Kyle Kensing

SAN DIEGO -- Not even a broken back was going to keep Linda Rainwater from trying to defend her NCAA Division II high jump title last Saturday in the national championships at Charlotte.

Instead of backing out of the competition, Rainwater needed acupuncture treatments, the use of an electronic bone stimulator, as well as what she called "a combination of adrenaline and mentally tuning [the pain] out," just to get to 5 feet, 5 inches in the high jump.

She finished ...

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