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‘I’M GLAD I GOT HURT’: Smith puts positive spin on injury

October 9, 2013

Angie Smith went from a torn hamstring in September 2012 to running a half maration two weeks ago. Smith said her journey in recovery has been life-changing. Pictured, Smith runs the Salute a Soldier 5K in July 2013. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

COLUMBIA CITY — After undergoing a major injury, surgery and a long recovery process, not many people would feel blessed — but not everyone is Angie Smith.

“When I first got hurt, I never thought anything good would come of it,” Smith said. “But everything I learned and experienced was worth getting hurt. I have no regrets and it was a really good lesson for me.”

Smith has been an assistant girls track coach at Columbia City High School for several years, and an avid sportswoman — running, biking and any recreational sport she can get involved with.

September 17, 2012, Smith was working at Little Turtle Elementary School, supervising recess and playing kickball with a group of students.

“I wanted them to see me outside of that job position and have fun,” Smith said.

Smith said it was fun while it lasted — until she slid on some gravel while trying to make a double play.

“I did the splits and tore my hamstring,” Smith said.

Smith’s hamstring was torn three inches off the bone.

“The doctor said I probably couldn’t have ripped it much more than I did,” Smith said. “My leg swelled up and it felt like it weighted 100 pounds.”

Three weeks after her injury, in October 2012, she had surgery to repair the hamstring.

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