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Running Without Sight and Winning Gold

Cristian Valenzuela is a visually impaired Paralympic champion who won Chile's first gold medal in 2012 for the 5,000-meter race. Production company Pudim follows Valenzuela as he trains with his guide runner and talks about his life up to this point. After losing his sight at the age of 12, Valenzuela discovered running as a way forward. "The very first time I held the rope and was able to run side by side with a person was a magical moment," Valenzuela says. "In that exact moment, I felt that maybe I had found the answer and the reason to move on."

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