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March 24, 2014

A year after bombing injuries, Nicole Gross will attend Boston Marathon

A Charlotte woman who was injured by one of the explosions at last April’s Boston Marathon will return as a spectator for the 2014 running of the race.

A Charlotte woman who was injured by one of the explosions at last April’s Boston Marathon will return as a spectator for the 2014 running of the race.

Nicole Gross was near the finish line last year waiting for her mother, Carol Downing, to finish the 26.2-mile race when the bombs went off.

Gross suffered two broken bones in her lower left leg, a nearly severed Achilles tendon, and an injury to her eardrum. Her sister, Erika Brannock of Towson, Md., lost her left leg above the knee in the blast. Gross’s husband, Michael, suffered minor injuries.

Brannock has done multiple interviews with media in Baltimore during her recovery, but the Gross family in Charlotte has been mostly quiet. Nicole Gross has participated in interviews with CBS News, USA Today, Universal Sports and Woman’s Day magazine but has declined requests to speak to the Observer.

News of her plans to attend the marathon, which will be held April 21, came in a statement from the family that was sent to Charlotte media outlets.

“...We look forward to cheering on our Mom Carol and Brother Brian and our many friends that are running this year, to help us recapture our memories of the marathon,” the statement said. “It will be a great moment to watch them cross that Finish Line and take back the joy of race day on Boylston Street.”

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