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Local Teen Becomes World Champion in International Powerchair Tournament [AUDIO]

Riley Johnson (left) and Team USA smile for the camera. (Photo: Kim Johnson)

 

ST. CLOUD — In the past two months 16-year-old Riley Johnson has accomplished more than most teenagers due in two years.

Earlier this month Johnson represented the United States in the first international Under-18 Power Soccer Tournament in Paris, where they became World Champions.

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Before the tournament Johnson’s journey started in St. Louis where he and his teammates held training camp.

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While in Paris the team was able to see the sites such as the Eiffel Tower. Johnson says it took a while to adjust to the culture.

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During the tournament the team battled with France, Ireland and Finland. Johnson says France was their biggest challenge.

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Johnson says it was an experience he will never forget and while he loved winning, it was the friendships made he will cherish.

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The tournament was held October 30th-November 3rd.

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Scroll down to see photo’s from the tournament.

Team picture after becoming World Champions. (Photo: Kim Johnson)
Team huddle. (Photo: Kim Johnson)
Johnson meets mid court for the coin toss. (Photo: Kim Johnson)
Looking for the open man. (Photo: Kim Johnson)
Johnson (right) chills with his team. (Photo: Kim Johnson)

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