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Aviemore's Olympic legend Smith: 'I'm alive and can move' after latest surgery

By Tom Ramage

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David Smith MBE has posted his latest update to reassure his army of friends, fans and followers that he is still battling on in his war with cancer.

"Quick update," he said yesterday.

“I am alive and can move."

Latest upate from David Smith on Facebook
Latest upate from David Smith on Facebook

He apologised for not being in touch earlier:

"Sorry if I haven’t replied. The pain has been horrendous and only now really able to sit up."

The Olympic legend is now 45 years old and is 13 years on since telling the world he didn't want to be remembered as "that bloke who won gold at the 2012 summer paralympics."

He was first diagnosed with spinal tumours in 2010 and that wish is certainly being granted as the sports world – and some way beyond it – marvels at the Aviemore man's astonishing will to win over cancer, which has seen him in and out of operating theatres for a number of years.

He could, anyway, be justifiably remembered for his successes in a whole range of sporting disciplines, latterly including cycling championships around the globe.

Now it's on with the health war, though.

"I really appreciate all the messages and I wish you all a blessed weekend," he posted from his latest hospital bed.

"Time for more pain meds here and sleep – before the process of learning to walk again..."

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