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RIO DE JANEIRO -- He was scalded at 3, kidnapped two years later, and lost a kidney when he fell from a tree at 10. JuJu Smith-Schuster Youth Jersey . To say Isaquias Queiroz had a rough start in life would be an understatement.The 22-year-old became Brazils first medalist in flatwater canoeing Tuesday, winning a silver in the mens 1,000 meter singles. Hes also competing in the 200-meter sprint and the 1,000-meter doubles.I was really satisfied to win this medal after all the obstacles I have faced, Queiroz said.There is no visible trace of the hardship he endured while growing up; the scar from his kidney operation is hidden by his green uniform. Paddling on the lagoon in Rio, he is a confident young man with a gemstone gleaming in his left ear and tattoos covering his right shoulder.But Queiroz entered his first Olympics with the weight of a nation on his broad shoulders. Brazil counts on him to follow up on his three world titles with at least one Olympic gold medal.The story of this unlikely Olympian begins in Ubaitaba, a small town in Brazils impoverished northeast, where Queiroz grew up with his mother and nine siblings, four of them adopted. His father died when he was 5.The towns name stems from the indigenous word for canoe, historically the main mode of transportation on the Rio de Contas. But Queiroz was more interested in soccer until he tried competitive canoeing when he was 11 as part of a government-funded social project, said Figueroa Conceicao, his childhood coach.From his first contact with the water, I realized that he was good, that he had something special, Conceicao said.He couldnt figure out why everyone called the boy Sem Rim, which means missing kidney in Portuguese.So he showed me the scar and told me the story of when he went to see a snake which was up in a tree, Conceicao said. There was a rock, and he fell on it and he had to go to the hospital. They took out his kidney.It wasnt the only time the boy was in grave danger. As a toddler, he required emergency care after being scalded when a pot of hot water fell over him. When he was about 5, he was kidnapped but returned to his mother unharmed.Conceicao said Queiroz was a restless boy who didnt always do as he was told. Just before a tryout for a national competition, Queiroz ignored his coachs ban on swimming in the polluted river where they were training. Conceicao decided to punish the boy by making him compete in a higher age bracket.He said, `No problem. And the next Saturday, at the tryouts, he came in second, Conceicao said.From there Queirozs career took off. By 2011, he was a junior world champion; two years later, he won the first of three world titles.Coached by Spaniard Jesus Morlan, hes now competing on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Rio before a roaring crowd, including his mother and several friends.Queiroz resists talking about his modest background. In several interviews with Brazilian media before the Olympics, he insisted his childhood was a happy one.I have only one kidney, but I usually dont talk about it, Queiroz told reporters Tuesday. I also suffered a burn when I was a kid on almost all of my right side.However, he said he never let his difficulties get in the way of his Olympic dreams.The hardship he has faced, Queiroz told The Associated Press, lies in the countless hours of grueling training it takes to become a top-level Olympic canoeist.I think the journey of an athlete comes with many difficulties, he said. Its not smooth, not easy work. You have to kill yourself daily to get to the competition and win. James Conner Jersey . JOHNS, N. JuJu Smith-Schuster Steelers Jersey . -- Anaheim Ducks defenceman Luca Sbisa will be out at least six weeks with a torn tendon in his right hand. http:///...huster-Elite-Jersey/ . The International Olympic Committee released the official list of bid cities on Friday after the deadline for applications had passed. The candidates -- all previously announced in their own countries -- are: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing; Krakow, Poland; Lviv, Ukraine; Oslo, Norway; and Stockholm. A week ago, the Orlando Magic were in dire straits.The team was struggling at 3-5, dropping two after winning three games in a row. Their supposed defensive identity was falling apart as they ranked 29th in the league in defensive rating, giving up 109.0 points per 100 possessions. With one of the worst offenses in the league too and the worst field-goal shooting to boot, the Magic were sinking fast.Magic coach Frank Vogel took the drastic change of sending prized youngster Aaron Gordon to the bench in favor of veteran Jeff Green, hoping to add some stability. The results were not immediate, and that change may not be the root cause, but something happened for the Magic in the week since.In four games, the Magic defense has suddenly come alive. Orlando has given up 96.1 points per 100 possessions in the past week, the sixth best in the league in that time. They have risen from 29th in defensive efficiency to a much more respectable 15th overall.Defense has taken hold.We are creating habits, Evan Fournier said after practice Friday. Its not second nature yet. But we are definitely creating habits. It is encouraging. But on both ways. We have good players offensively as well. We have times where we really move the ball and find the open shooter. At times we do it, but we have to be more consistent. It is obvious we are getting better.The Magics offense remains much more of a work in progress than the defense at this point. But they have held three of their last four opponents to less than 90 points and have held opponents to worse than 40 percent shooting in the past two games. That helps the offense do just enough to win games -- two of the past three.Orlando has slowly begun to formulate a defensive identity that has propelled thee team to five wins despite its anemic offense. James Conner Womens Jersey. .The Dallas Mavericks are in much the same boat, without the same kind of success.Dallas has just two following an 80-64 home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Mavericks have seen injuries hit the teams roster hard. Deron Williams, Devin Harris and Dirk Nowitzki have all missed time so far this season.Both Nowitzki and Williams will miss Saturdays game in Orlando, in addition to sitting out Fridays home game against the Grizzlies, coach Rick Carlisle said Friday.(Nowitzki is) making progress, but were going to be cautious and were going to be smart about it, Carlisle told Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas. Hes played hurt a lot in his career. This situation is different, though. Were early in the year. Theres something that has hung around that needs to be addressed and be expunged, so were working on it.Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews have had to carry the offensive load. And have struggled to do so. The Mavericks shot 28.8 percent from the floor in Fridays loss, the lowest single-game field-goal percentage in the NBA this season.But like the Magic, the Mavericks have thrived on defense while struggling on offense. Dallas has the second worst field goal percentage in the league at 41.8 percent entering the game (the Magic are last at 40.8 percent).That defense has not translated to wins yet though.Both teams have had to settle into the season, integrate new pieces and discover their identity. Injuries have hurt the Mavericks offense while their defense has played well enough to keep them in most games. The Magic appear to be rounding into form. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '