Wiedmer: Former Meigs County star breaks free from "35-year" athletic slump

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photo Photo contributed by Dean Jarvis / Dean Jarvis, a 52-year-old former Meigs County High School athlete, covers some of the 16 miles he swam in 18 hours on May 18 at the Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center pool in Knoxville. A knee injury in high school ended his basketball career and led to a diagnosis of bone cancer, and his left leg was later amputated above the knee.

At 3:40 in the morning on the 18th of May, Dean Jarvis slid his 52-year-old body into the Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center swimming pool in Knoxville and began to dog paddle for what would become an 18-hour workout covering 16 miles.

After one hour in the water he told himself, "Only 17 more hours until I exorcise all my athletic demons."

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