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Reaching goals

As a child, he was glued to the television screen, captivated by his martial arts idols — Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and David Carradine. These stars inspired 39-year old James Goodwin of Mexico to start tae kwon do.

Staying on target

Fifty-seven faces, sweaty in the swamp-like summer humidity, turned to the bull’s-eyes across a field from them Saturday morning in Stephens Lake Park.

Getting faster

Canote, 14, has been running for just three years, but participated for the first time in the games this weekend.

“I thought I’d try something harder,” Canote said. “The competition is tougher than most of the other meets I go to.”

Back for more

After a three-year absence, Jim LaRue returned to the Show-Me State Games tennis competition this summer.

A question of acceptance

Kyle Hawkins had just spent another 20 minutes or so being interviewed on his cell phone, talking once more about the issues that have made him an unintentional trailblazer.

Rare 53-pound albino catfish dies

Just four days after it was caught, John Young’s famed albino catfish died before it could be transferred to a tank at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Long days challenge tired racers

Digital camera out and walkie talkie in hand, Janet Anderson radioed to her two sons from a group of picnic tables overlooking the Missouri River.

Respite from the river

A black SUV rolls down a Missouri road. It’s a small reminder to the driver and co-pilot of this ground support crew for the Missouri River 340 Race that somewhere out on the muddy water are two men from the Twin Cities trying to make good time in their tandem canoe.

Ready, Set, Row…

Head over heels

Jim Zepp and Heather Nowack are co-coaches for the Columbia Acro and Tumbling Team, which is participating in this week’s national competition in Palm Springs, Calif.

First flips at finals

After nearly a year of practice and preparation, the Columbia Acro and Tumbling Team is competing this week in the Acrobatic Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships in Palm Springs, Calif.

Edwards injured in dirt track race

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards was released early Monday from an Omaha, Neb., hospital after being injured Sunday night in a dirt track race in nearby Greenwood, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Boone County Fair chooses champions in the saddle

The Boone County Fair’s 4-H/FFA horse show brought color to the arena as boys and girls in bright outfits competed on horseback. Christi Miller, 37, a member of the committee responsible for organizing the show and hiring the judges and the workers, said that this show was not only about horses but also about commitment and dedication.

Aiming for low-key competition

Most participants look at games as opportunity to enjoy favorite activity.

Bows and arrows

In 3-D archery, shooters must guess the yardage between their shooting post and the targets. They are trying to hit a foot-and-a-half wide kill zone painted on the animals.

Friendly game

“It’s supposed to be an in-control sport,” said Jerry Brasye of St. Louis, who has been playing Ultimate for 25 years. He said the people who play and the camaraderie are reasons why he is loyal to the sport.

Coming on strong

Missouri strongman Steve Schmidt, 52, had a room full of broad-shouldered powerlifters stunned as he ripped a license plate in two.

The biggest bench of the day

The biggest bench of the day belonged to Ovalta Bell of Louisiana, Mo. Bell put up 510 pounds.

Long day of volleyball

The team is comprised of women hailing from Fort Leonard Wood, whose fathers or husbands are in the military.

Kicking around names

Their uniforms bring stares and questions. But they don’t mind. With team names such as The Village Idiots, Chuck Norris’ Left Foot, and V-Necks, this weekend’s Show-Me State Games Adult Kickball competition seemed more like a competition to win the title of the most creative team name.

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