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Teacher brings sports lessons in the classroom

Teacher brings sports lessons in the classroom

MARIETTA, Ga. -- On a recent afternoon, third graders at Eastside Elementary in Cobb County practiced running hurdles from Kevin Young - 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400 meter hurdles.

He towered over them, but his lesson on hard work and focus reached the level their teacher Kim Judge wanted them to learn.

"You need to make a schedule; you need to stick to it. You need to be organized," said Judge.

Judge continually talks of athletics.

"I've always been involved in sports. Basketball was my favorite, and track," said Judge. "If I didn't have the education component and do well in school, then the track would have been much more difficult."

She made all-conference at North Carolina State University for track and cross country.

As a teacher, she's big on sports lessons, such as teamwork.

"One person doesn't decide the outcome. Everybody has a certain role to play," said Judge.

Six Flags, White Water unveil new rides

Six Flags, White Water unveil new rides

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water will each unveil a new thrill ride next year, the parks announced Thursday.

"We are beyond excited to debut these new thrilling attractions at our parks next year," Six Flags Atlanta president Melinda Ashcraft said in a statement.

Six Flags Over Georgia will add SkyScreamer, a swing ride. Six Flags Atlanta spokesman Brad Malone said SkyScreamer spins in a 98-foot circle at 40 miles per hour. At 24 stories, it is a full four stories taller than the Austell park's current tallest ride, the Goliath roller coaster.

Typhoon Twister will debut at Six Flags White Water in Marietta. The ride begins with a five-story drop into a 67-foot bowl; riders circle the bowl several times before spinning down a corkscrew chute and splashing into the pool below. Malone said Typhoon Twister is the first ride of its kind in Georgia.

Meet Georgia's Paralympians

Meet Georgia's Paralympians

ATLANTA -- The 2012 London Paralympics begin Wednesday, and several Georgians are hoping to bring home the gold at the Games.

Learn who to root for here:

Richard Browne, 21, Athletics
Browne is a native of Jackson, Miss., and now attends Morehouse College in Atlanta. He suffered a below-the-knee amputation after an accident in 2009, but quickly bounced back to become a Paralympian. Browne will compete in the 100m, 4x100m and high jump. He won silver in the high jump and bronze in the 100m at the 2012 Paralympic Trials.

Run a holiday race

Run a holiday race

ATLANTA -- It still feels like summer outside, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start thinking about a holiday-themed race.

In fact, many of the runs are happening sooner than you may believe.

Take a look at some of the upcoming 5Ks, 10Ks and more in metro Atlanta. Many of them raise money for worthwhile seasonal causes.