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Disabled teen fights to curl

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A local teen is fighting to play the sport he loves from his wheelchair. Steven Roberts, 17, is the captain of the Evergreen Curling Club in Beaverton. He suffers from brittle bone disease.

Roberts can walk, but uses a wheelchair for curling to prevent getting seriously hurt.

"My bones are more fragile than the normal person, so if I slip on the ice I could break my hip, my back, my neck. I could severely hurt myself, so it's not safe for me to be walking on the ice," said Roberts.

Last week, the U.S. Curling Association ruled Roberts violates the curling rules because of the way he projects the curling stone on the ice using his foot. Roberts says he can continue to play at the club level, but is barred from competing at the national level.

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