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Athletes eye a new technique for repairing torn ACLs


JOHN OROZCO broke down in tears when he earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team in June. In the previous 18 months, his mother had died suddenly and he had come back from a torn Achilles tendon. Just a few weeks later, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus in his left knee at an Olympic team training camp. He won’t be going to Rio after all.

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