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Three locals setting their 'own bar,' ready to participate in Special Olympics World Games in L.A.

Three locals setting their 'own bar,' ready to participate in Special Olympics World Games in L.A.

Alicia Gogue was a wide-eyed 8-year-old when she rode her first two-wheeler. One minute, her father was trotting beside her, steadying the bicycle. The next, she was pedaling solo through her quiet neighborhood in Odenton.. "I didn't realize I was alone until I turned my head," said Gogue, who was born with Down syndrome. "It was like I had wings on my back. I thought, 'I can do it!'" Now 31 and an accomplished cyclist, she'll compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which begin Saturday in Los Angeles. More than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries are entered in 25 sports, including Gogue, one of three area residents who will participate....

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