Three years ago, 38-year-old Steven Peace stepped into a custom-made bicycle for the first time.
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Now, he will be representing the United States in the Paralympic Games in London.
"I still have to take a breath and realize, 'Hey, I'm going to London,'" Peace told 10News as he trained on Fiesta Island.
Even more remarkable was that three years before that he was a Surface Warfare Officer enjoying a 16-year career in the Navy.
However, in 2006, Peace said, "I got up from the couch to go to bed and 'bam,' I was on the floor."
What Peace didn't realize was that he had suffered a massive stroke that left the then-32-year-old speechless, paralyzed on his right side and ended his career in the Navy.
"The doctors couldn't find anything wrong, and even now they said nothing in my past leads up to having a stroke," said Peace.
Peace uses a device on his leg and foot called the L-300 by Bioness, which sends electrical impulses to his injured side and enables him to get moving again.
After he got moving, he wanted to move faster.
Peace found a custom-made tricycle manufacturer in England and began training. He beat 120 other competitors to make the Paralympic cycling team.
"It's been tough; I mean, it took six months just to learn how to talk again, and now I'm competing, unbelievable," Peace said.
In the Games, he'll compete in an 8 km timed race and a 24 km race.
Peace leaves for London next week.
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