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Good Shot


Jeff Fabry owes his life to an SI photographer. The archer and reigning Paralympic gold medalist was practicing in Athens in 2004 when Bob Martin snapped a picture (above) that wound up in the magazine. When Fabry arrived home after winning bronze, his wife told him about the photo, but also shared some other news—three dermatologists who'd read the issue had called and left messages saying they'd noticed a spot on his neck that looked like melanoma. Fabry, who lost an arm and a leg in a motorcycle accident at 15, had the malignant mole removed. Now 43, he will return to the Paralympics for the fourth time this summer in Rio and credits Martin for saving his life. "I'd put money on it today that if that picture wasn't in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, I'd be pushing up daisies right now, that's how certain I am of it," he said. "A photographer I don't know, and a picture in a magazine I never thought I'd be in, saved my life."