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Bowled Over

Ron Gooch, 52, legally blind since birth, reached bowling nirvana recently when he rolled a perfect game of 300 — that's 12 consecutive strikes. He is believed to be one of 11 legally blind bowlers to do so. The Morris, Ill., resident says his dad taught him to line up his feet using lane markers and let the ball fly; pins appear only as strips of light to him. Gooch's advice to others: "Stay at it, stick to it, don't give up." Eric Kearney of the United States Bowling Congress says the sport has no boundaries: "We are proud that bowling is inclusive of everyone."

Mike Tucker is a writer in Virginia.

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