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Fredericksburg golfer keeps world title at Special Olympics

Monday - 7/11/2011, 7:55am  ET

Grace Anne Braxton of Fredericksburg receives her gold medal in Greece at the Summer Special Olympic games in July. (Photo courtesy of Harrison Braxton)
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Kathy Stewart,

WASHINGTON -- A local athlete has defended her title as the top female Special Olympics golfer in the world, and has brought home another gold medal.

Grace Anne Braxton of Fredericksburg took home the gold medal in the women's 18-hole Olympic match at the Summer Games recently held in Greece.

"I was really happy with myself. I was really proud of myself," the 39-year-old says.

"It was pretty tough competition."

In spite of that, it was on the third of four days of competition when she realized she would be keeping the title she claimed during the 2007 summer games in Shanghai, China.

Although Grace Anne was born with an intellectual disability, it sure hasn't stopped her from reaching for the gold.

"The summer games were great. I performed well."

Braxton has been golfing for 19 years, and has been involved with the Special Olympics for more than 25 years. Although she's thankful about winning and about retaining her title, the thing she's most thankful for are the friends she makes at the games.

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