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The Toughest Bar to Cross The protagonist of Crossbar has had his life altered violently and is now trying to cope with the effects of this great change Aaron Kornylo is a champion high jumper until a piece of farm machinery severs his right leg and changes his life forever Now Aaron lives in anger bitterly denying the inevitable he must learn to accept his loss Until a farm accident changed his life forever the young man of this story enjoyed the life of a world-class athlete Before he was injured Aaron Kornylo was one of the best high jumpers in Canadian sports history He enjoyed the attention his victories brought him Aaron recalls standing proud on the dais being vested with his Commonwealth Games gold by Prince Charles himself Gault 61 To Aaron it was a perfect life or his personal vision of the best of all possible worlds Gaul 62 He was an accomplished athlete the best Willow Creek had ever produced Gault 62 Then people revered Aaron and he was completely satisfied with his life All of this changes abruptly and violently when a farming accident almost kills Aaron and necessitates the amputation of his leg With his leg severed by a harvester driven by his father Aaron is continually haunted He relives the incident through a nightmare of his first the noise- the machines noise- would have to come closer and closer and then the pain so terrible that the brain in its mysterious wisdom shut down the system just after the scream Gault 60 Forced to have his leg amputated the surgeons in Saskatoon had done a fine job very neat but he didnt feel like giving any thanks Gault 62 Looking down at the rounded stump that had once been his right leg Gault 62 Aaron would have no choice but to get used to that hated wooden leg Gaul 62 The physical part of Aarons injury is the
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