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LAUSD program pairs students with Olympians, Paralympians to promote fitness




Katy Sullivan sprints past her husband Jay Cramer on the track at Burbank High School on August 15. The next day, she would fly to London to compete in the Paralympic Games.
Katy Sullivan sprints past her husband Jay Cramer on the track at Burbank High School on August 15. The next day, she would fly to London to compete in the Paralympic Games.
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The 2016 Paralympics begin Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro. For the next eleven days, more than four thousand athletes from around the world will compete for gold. 

And here in Los Angeles, young athletes will be watching closely. The group Ready, Set, Gold! pairs up medalists from the Paralympic and Olympic games with students in Los Angeles Unified schools to help motivate kids to live a healthier life. 

Alex Cohen spoke to Ready, Set, Gold! director Bernadine Bednarz about the relationships students form with athletes.

Click the blue audio player to hear the full interview.