Thursday, September 25, 2014

Profile of DJ Gregory. Posted by Mike for response Comments

Here is a profile of DJ Gregory made for the ESPN series.

Please watch and watch actively.  Take a few notes.


  • Look for images or details that others might not notice.
  • Think about the questions being asked and the sources used to get this story.
  • Listen for key ideas and notable things that are said.  Jot them down.

After watching the profile, use your notes and in the Comments section, respond by addressing these questions:

1) Share with us something from your active listening and viewing that you noticed that others may not have.  Something said? An image? Use your notes to share something.
2) What is the purpose of this profile? What feelings or ideas did you take away from it?
3) Connection to your life.  Does DJ remind you of anyone in your life? Do you have a friend or family member who has a disability or even a 'crazy' dream that reminds you in some way of DJ?

DJ Gregory on the PGA tour.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUSHN5EB0v8

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  1. 1. Something from the video that really stood out to me was when the narrator said "44 tournaments, 180 rounds, 2456 holes, and 900 miles is what DJ Gregory walked". That to me is true dedication and shows that if you really set your mind to something then you can succeed, although there may be a few bumps in the road along the way (for instance when he fell walking up-hill during the tournaments), but he would always just get right back up and finish what he started.

    2. The purpose of this profile is to tell the viewers that if you set your mind to something then you should never give up on it until you succeed, for it could be life changing. From this video, I walked away with a feeling of pure satisfaction. I felt very happy for him, his family, friends and even the golfers that he followed, and I felt as if i needed to go out and strive for something that I have always wanted to do. He's a true inspiration to everyone!

    3. I can't really say he can relate exactly to someone that I know but I can most definitely say that he reminds me of my mother. She is the strongest woman I know and if she wants to go after something in life or succeed in something then she will not stop. She is just such an amazing person, just like DJ Gregory and they both are very strong people.

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    1. I liked how you played close attention to detail and the numbers! Also, I think its cool that his motivation reminds you of your mom, that's so awesome that you have a role model like that in your life!

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    2. I think it's crazy how DJ walked 900 miles, 2456 holes, and 180 rounds. I like how you said that we shouldn't give up on our goal until we succeed. This is a good message!

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  2. 1. I thought that when the narrator said that D.J Gregory had had five surgeries on his legs by the first grade. To me, that is something that a first grader should never have to deal with once, let alone five times.

    2. I believe that the purpose is to tell D.J Gregory's story and to inspire people to go out and try, because how will you know if you can do something, if you never try it? The feelings that I took away from this is that how can I possible complain about anything now that I have seen D.J Gregory do all of that, and not once complain. It makes me feel like what I want to do in life is so much closer because all I have to do is really work for it.

    3. I would say that D.J Gregory's story, in a way, reminds me of my brother. He has had to go through many hardships in life, and, like D.J Gregory, has only come ahead stronger from them.

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    1. I like your idea about how we can't complain about anything, we are so fortunate and watching Djs stuggles and never complain gives us no excusses

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    2. I think that's cool that one thing that stuck with you was the fact that he had 5 surgeries by the time he was in first grade because that was something I wrote down but honestly forgot about! I am really bad and remembering detail sometime, and it's awesome that that is something you can do!

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  3. 1. D.J Gregory fell over 2 dozen times over the span of 900 miles, to me anyone who is to walk every round of every tournament is bound to collapse. For D.J to walk that distance with that major of a disability takes not only courage but heart and passion to accomplish what he did.

    2. For me this gave me the impression that the only setbacks in life are the ones you set yourself. D.J said "If you have a dream go after it".

    3. This reminds me of one of the special needs kid that I use to work with back in High School, and his name is Mathew. Mathew has been in a motorized wheel chair his whole life with muscular distrophy in his arms and legs. Every week no matter how he was feeling, he would always want to get up out of his wheel chair and use the walker to help guide him down the hall ways as he would use all the strength he had just to walk only as far as 10ft which meant the world to him. The look on Mathew's face after walking those 10ft was exactly the same as D.J's when he realized it was the last and final day of his never ending journey.

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    2. I agree it is pretty amazing how far he really did travel. I also thought it was interesting how nonchalant DJ was about the amount of times he fell and got back up.

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    3. I agree it is pretty amazing how far he really did travel. I also thought it was interesting how nonchalant DJ was about the amount of times he fell and got back up.

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    4. I agree it is pretty amazing how far he really did travel. I also thought it was interesting how nonchalant DJ was about the amount of times he fell and got back up.

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  4. 1. Something that stood out to me in the video was what DJ Gregory said when he was asked about his golf game. He said "it sucks" and almost had a little smile on his face because he knew he wasn't necessarily a good golfer, considering he could only swing with one hand, but it did not matter to him at all. He loved the game of golf and was able to play it, how good he was meant nothing as long as he could walk a golf course and do what he loves.

    2. I think the purpose of this video was one, to share the truly inspiring and touching story of DJ Gregory and two, to show that the impossible can be made possible. DJ was not supposed to walk, ever. But he wouldn't take that for an answer, he made walking a possibility for himself and at the same time showed that others can achieve impossibilities for themselves as long as they have the motivation and the drive to succeed.

    3. One person in my life that had a crazy dream where people doubted it and said it was possible or realistic was my brother. I have mentioned him in class before once but his story goes much deeper than what I said before. He struggled as a kid with personality, friends, his weight, and constantly being made fun of but he found a way to cope with music. When he had the dream to be a big musician and contribute to the world with song everyone told him he couldn't and that thats not a career he could do. But he proved everyone wrong because he is now living in North Carolina making music and is on his way to being discovered..so he hopes!

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    1. I liked how you picked out how DJ knew his golf game wasn't good, but loved the game and that's all that matters. I also agree with you that this story was made to inspire us, and showed us that we can achieve anything as long as were motivated!

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  5. It is incredible that doctors told him in the beginning that he would never walk. That's his first challenge that he defined as, "something that possibly no one, would think I could do, but deep down I know I could do it." This first impossibility he achieved and then went on to walk 900miles during the PGA tour. No one does that, but he did.

    I believe this profile is of importance because even if you can't relate to his story, its still a inspiring story of achieving your dreams. I don't think it matters who you are, his story will have a heartwarming effect on you.

    I don't have anyone close to me that has goals as great as DJs. His were really close to impossible. But if anyone it reminds me of my mom, struggling with being bipolar and having depression. She's had a rough life of ups and downs but she never quits.

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  6. 1) What stood out to me the most was when the doctors said he would not be able to walk. Even after hearing this he made sure to overcome this and work for it. His true dedication let him succeed in what was said to be impossible.

    2) I think the purpose of this profile is to inspire people with DJ's story by letting them believe anything is possible if you set your mind to it. Even when other people don't think you can do it, you make sure to do do so and prove them wrong.

    3) I think DJ's journey reminds me a lot of my brothers who both have autism. Even through the struggles they try to do the impossible. They have overcome so much and developed a lot through their lives. And even with their hardships, they make sure to continue through their journeys.

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  7. 1) What i loved from the clip was that he realizes that he is not the best at playing golf and that he shoots about 105 to 115; but loves the game of golf so much that he doesn't care how good he is. I feel as though lots of people (especially young) get caught up in peoples opinions and give up on things they love out of fear of embarrassing themselves.

    2) I believe the purpose of this profile is to shed light on DJ's story and to show people that the only difference between the impossible and possible is what you believe.

    3) I can relate to him in terms of goal setting and doing the impossible. Throughout most of my life my family has been pretty poor so we haven't had much, but I made a serious promise to my younger sisters about a year ago that id be rich one day and take care of everyone. So with that in mind i can definitely see where DJ is coming from. When your doing something that you think benefits someone other than yourself it pushes you even more, to the point to where you cant even give up because its become bigger than you.

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    1. I also found the fact that that can shoot 105-115 is awesome. I play golf a lot and i sometimes get that score. its incredible cause he only uses one hand. Also what you promised your family is very cool and it really inspiring to hear a story like that.

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    2. I also talked about his golf game and that he doesn't care how bad he does because he just enjoys playing. It's cool how you made a promise to your family to be rich one day and support them, and DJ's story is a perfect motivation.

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    3. I agree that DJ being able to shoot in the 100's is incredible. If I hit the 90's I'm happy and I think it shows how hard he has worked just to be where he currently is.Your promise to your sisters is awesome to, it makes even more worth while when you aren't only doing something for yourself

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  8. Something that stood out to me from this profile of DJ Gregory was that he said his scores average from 105 to 115, which isn't very bad in the first place, let alone using one arm.

    I think the purpose of this profile was to share DJ's story and to inspire people to do anything if they set a goal and try as hard as you can, even if the odds are against you.

    I had someone from my high school who had a similar disease and I also played golf in high school and we had to walk the courses. He easily walked more than we did in all 4 years.

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  9. 1) Something that I took away from this video was the amount miles that he was going to walk to accomplish his goal. The video said that DJ was planning on walking a total of 900 miles! I really don't think that I could do what he is doing. Also I thought that one of the most interesting parts was when Kenny Perry was talking. He talked about how he complained about walking all the courses he walks. Then he said that he shouldn't be complaining when DJ is walking more than he is.

    2) I think that the purpose of this is that you can always follow your dreams. Even if there is something in way you can always find a way around this to still follow your dreams.One of the ideas that I got from this is when I fall down I should get right back up. DJ fell down many times, but this didn't stop him. So I need to go after things with a greater purpose than I normally do.

    3) Dj's video reminds me a lot of a girl in my high school last year. She had problems walking, but this didn't stop her from being the friendliest and most hardworking person that I know. She would always get closer to walking each year and by her senior year, through a lot of training, she could walk with the help of a walker. She was truly inspiring and it taught me that all you need is a good attitude and hard work to succeed.

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  10. 1) Watching the profile on DJ Gregory, the thing that stood out to me was the pure amount of drive DJ had in achieving his goal of walk all those countless miles, which even profession golfers never walked. Considering the fact that the doctors told him and his family he could never walk and that just to given that slight chance to do so he had to have five surgeries before first grade. Also the video had a moment where they showed DJ falling dozens of times, but it seemed as if DJ needed those falls to be able to give himself a restart, and to get back up learning in the process of his failures.

    2) I believe that the purpose of this profile was to inspire others to overcome adversities in life to achieve any dream you want. Just like when DJ fell multiple times, he got right back up and kept pushing forward, which is exactly what we should be doing in our everyday lives. This personally shows me that sometimes what I dream for doesn't seem realistic, but if I can take a step everyday in the right direction, I can one day achieve that dream as long as I never give up.

    3) DJ's video reminds me of a guy I know named BJ Kwang. BJ has muscular dystrophy, and at a young age was predicted to only live until early adulthood, but instead of being discouraged by this news, he took it as he must work even harder to achieve his goals in whatever time he may have. This past spring was the day BJ could proudly say he had done what he dreamed of doing, and that is to go through grad school and receive a doctorate in pharmacy. Now living past his expected time frame and still going on to try and get a career, with a positive attitude toward what the future has in store for him.

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    1. I like your ideas about how unrealistic dreams to us can actually be possible if we put our mind to it. DJ was a real inspiration and example of this.

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    2. That story abut BJ is very inspiring. It is very cool that even with such terrible news he can live life with the glass half full.

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  11. 1. Something that really stuck out to me while watching this was the motivation that DJ Gregory had. He went above and beyond what people thought he was capable of doing, and he never gave up. I also really liked the quote DJ said, when he talked about challenges he faces in his life. "No one thinks I can, but in my mind, I know I can."
    2. I think the purpose of this profile is to inspire us. DJ can be a huge inspiration to all of us, and we can all learn a lot from what he has done. He can hardly walk, and went on to walk 3256 holes, and 900 miles. This shows us that with the right mindset, we can do anything we want.
    3. DJ's profile reminds me of my uncle. He is in a wheelchair most of the time, and has a lot of trouble walking because of bone problems. He pushes himself every day to try and walk, in hope to be able to get rid of his wheelchair one day. His motivation and drive reminded me a lot of DJ, and both are a huge inspiration to me.

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    1. I agree that it is quite amazing that he walked so many miles with his condition and how he made it possible with the right mindset when the odds were against him. I liked the quote you used because it definitely shows his mindset he had to accomplish his goal.

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  12. 1.) One thing that really stuck out to me while watching this video was the passion that DJ had for golf and that he did'nt let a disability stop him from walking amongst the best players in the world through every tournament in the calendar year of the PGA Tour. Ive walked one of these tournaments for an entire day and it is extremely tiring. I cant imagine walking it four days a week fr 44 straight weeks. That is incredible to me considering he has a disability that hinders his walking ability.
    2.) The purpose of this profile is to show us anything is possible if you set your mind to it. All you need is a passion for something and there is nothing left to hold you back. one quote DJ said that i found important was when he said "If you have a dream, go after it." i thought this was relevant because everyone needs goals and a passion for something like DJ does with golf.
    3.) one real life instance that reminds me of dj;s struggle isn't somebody that i personally know but i have noticed from a far. I work out at the RPAC at OSU and recently a blind man and his seeing eye dog come in with the assistance of a personal trainer. He directs the trainer on what he wants to do and he/she helps him with the machines. I find it truly inspiring that someone with such a severe disability can get out and be active and workout. It is something that you don't see every day but i found it really inspiring to my every day life.

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    1. I completely agree with the part where you said, "all you need is a passion". Just like DJ I believe everyone needs a passion for whatever they do in life.
      It is also really inspiring to know about the man with the disability coming into your gym, and still doing what he can so that he may be able to do the same things as the other individuals there.

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    2. I agree that his passion really stood out, that was apparent from the beginning when he said he wasn't good but he loved golf.

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  13. 1) One thing that stuck out to me was the quote "We tell people everyday to get back up on the horse when they fall, so why can't he?" That's so true. So many times those who have disabilities are told that they will never be normal and that they just need to except it but that can't be the farthest thing from the truth. Anyone can achieve their goal if they really strive for it. D.J was an example of that!
    2) I think the purpose of this profile was to show people its not impossible to reach your dreams or expectations for your life. It's purpose was to inspire and show what an awesome journey D.J got to experience and how motivating and touching it really is.
    3) One way I can relate this to my life is, my job. I work with kids with learning disabilities and some with severe or mild forms of autism. Everyday I get to know the kids a little better and get to know their hearts. That's the best part of my job! A lot of the kids I work with have multiple diagnoses or have been misdiagnosed. Parents come to Brain Balance hopeless and exhausted with how to deal with their child or children. We get to tell them there is hope and everyday I get to cheer on and watch kids achieve a little more of their goals. It's so awesome to watch the behavioral and academic change in these kids in such a short time. It really does show that nothing is impossible.

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    1. It must be a great experience to watch all those kids grow up and over come challenges in their own ways. It must be heart-warming and inspiring to also be able to watch and help parents with their children be happy with the situation at hand knowing that they have great support from you and your coworkers to help them along with ever step.

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    2. You are right when you say that anyone can accomplish their goal is they really strive for it. I think that it is inspiring that you love to help those with disabilities. Reaching your dreams is a very important thing to do in life.

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  14. 1) A moment that really stuck out to me was the scene of him walking across the golf course. For some reason the struggle of just walking a few feet, small tasks that we do daily, was a huge struggle for D.J. He knew he could do anything he put his mind to even if it would like a little bit longer for him to acomplish it. I absolutely love his posititve attidude. He easily could have a bad attidude towards his disibility but he rocks it! He shows that anything really is possible in achieving, D.J really makes you want to go out and acomplish something you always have wanted to!
    2) I think that D.J's profile was being told because I feel like a lot of people take a lot of things for granted nowadays. Here is a man that has every reason to be mad at the world but takes his disability as a gift and challenges himself. His family and friends of the game had his back and cheered him on! To walk over 900 miles of the PGA tour is crazy! I don't even think I would like to walk that much ever but D.J had the drive to acomplish this. 180 rounds, 2456 holes. As I was watching the video all I could think of is how tired I was after the Memorial Tournament. That was like less than 5 holes! I think that they wanted to show this story to everyone because we have had the mindset that it's probably impossible and eh I'm not even going to try. This was a huge motivational story.
    3) One way I can relate this to my life is through my brother. While I was watching the video I kept thinking of how my brother must of felt when people in school were looking at him. My brother has a proccessing delay that makes him learn a little bit slower. In school people made fun of him and when my people would call him "retarded" I would get so mad. My brother now is at University of Dayton and has a 3.7 ! I have never been more proud of him and when everyone would call him names and were very doubtful my brother knew he could do it. Kind of like D.J, they knew they could do it. And they ended up pushing themselves to acomplish that. Almost crying in class watching this video, it was a very motivational and go getting video! I respect D.J and it's people like him that make the human race amazing!

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    1. I agree with you in the first question when you said that he makes you want to go out and accomplish something that you have wanted to. When I watched the video I felt the same way. I too go to the memorial tournament every year and that course is really long. I think that it is really impressive that he goes out and walks that distance. Also when you talked about your brother that was very powerful and has a great message that needs to be learned by all.

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  15. 1. The story about DJ Gregory was a very inspirational one. In the beginning you are thought to believe that Gregory will never be able to walk. He later overcomes the obstacles that lied in his path and was able to walk 900 miles with his disabled condition. Though he fell on several occasions during the walk, he made it to the end and proved himself to the world. He never gave up on his dreams and that is truly inspirational.
    2. The purpose of this profile was to show that you should never give up. This story showed that a person overcame the most difficult of circumstances. The purpose was to show that anything is possible is someone wants it bad enough.
    3. DJ Gregory reminds me most of my dad out of everyone I can think of. My dad has gone through some heart issues that completely led him to change his entire lifestyle. At this point in time most all of my dads heart issues have been fixed/healed for the most part because my dad decided to eat healthy and stay in shape instead of continuing to live the way he was comfortable with. They both had the motivation to drastically change their lives for the better.

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    1. I agree with what you say about DJ Gregory's dream being truly inspirational. I can also relate to your Dads heart problems, my Dad as well had some heart issues and even though it seemed life threatening, it truly changed his life for the better. Good things came from a minor setback in his life.

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    2. I agree that the point was to show that anything is possible if you want it bad enough, I said that as well in my comments! I'm sorry that your dad has had heart problems but it is really great that he has decided to make lifestyle changes to better himself and stay healthy. Most people do not and it effects them greatly later on.

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  16. 1.) One thing that stood out to me from the video profile was that it talked about how not even the players themselves walk every hole of the tour yet DJ ,who was told he would never be able to walk, did.
    2.) The purpose of this profile was to inspire the audience by tell a story of a man who was told he couldn't do something plenty of times but proved he could
    3.) I don't really have a personal connection with anyone that overcame an obstacle quiet as much as DJ did. However, I believe my brothers drive in getting to where he is in life reminds me of how driven DJ was to progress from not being able to walk to walking every hole of the PGA tour.

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  17. 1. The one thing that impacted me the most was that his doctors said he wouldn't walk but he walked over 900 miles on the golf course. That really stuck out to me that he was able to overcome all of that. He loved golf and he didn't let his disability standin the way of him beingable to participate in something he loved.

    2. This profile showed that anything is possible if your heart is in it. I took away from this that I should always go for something i have my heart set on and to not give up. D.J. didnt give up once throughout the whole trip and he even fell down a few times but he got back up and kept going.

    3. My senior year of high school i was a peer collaborator with a special needs class in gym. The boy i had was named Ray and he was one ofthe funniest people i've ever met. He would always ask the question why to EVERYTHING! And when it finally got to a point where you had no more answers you'd say i dont know ray and he'd respond with "why?". One of the things ray always wanted to do was walk somewhere. He'd always say can we go on a walk to hilliard? Or can we go on a walk outside? My favorite was can we walk to missouri? The first time he said it it caught me off gaurd and I was like what where? and Ray was just like i wanna go on a walk to missouri and we would ask him do you know how far that is?! and he would smile and laugh and say no! He is one of my favorite peopleon this earth and I go and visit him at least once a month at the school. He always brightened my day

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    1. Thats awesome that you work with special needs students, I as well was a peer collaborator in high school and enjoyed every moment of it. Being in that class truly does give one a different perspective on things and the way we live our life.

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  18. 1.) Something that really caught my eye were the numbers that they kept mentioning like 180 rounds, 3256 holes, and 900 miles. These numbers amazed me for someone who has cerebral palsy
    2.) the purpose of this profile was to inform the audience of a courageous person who overcame one of the hardest things possible for him to do with his condition. It was also a story of struggle and overcoming obstacles
    3.) My older brother Robbie was born with cerebral palsy and he still has a few issues to this day like not being able to use his left hand and not having good function of the left side of his body so when I watched the documentary I knew how hard it was for him because I have seen my brother struggle for many years and have to overcome all of his obstacles by never giving up

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that your brother has cerebral palsy just like DJ does. I cant imagine how hard it was to watch that video because you can relate to it so well. But it's awesome to know that even though you brother still struggles, he has overcome many obstacles in his life and I'm sure he has really inspired people just like DJ!

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