Last Sunday in Bismarck, N.D., one day after the USA Paralympic Swimming trials concluded the U.S. Olympic Committee notified the 34 swimmers (20 women and 14 men) who will head to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London this summer. Among these is WSF 2011 Travel & Training recipient, Mallory Weggemann.
Weggemann, who became paralyzed after an epidural for backpain, has persevered to become an elite Paralympic Swimmer. Since then, she has made a name for herself in the pool. In 2001, Weggemann won eight gold medals and has set nine world records at the International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships. She was also named Best Female Athlete with a Disability at ESPN’s ESPY awards. Weggemann’s current goal is to compete in and earn nine gold medals in the upcoming Paralympic Games in London.
We are very proud of Weggemann and the entire U.S. Paralympic Swim Team. We are looking forward to watching them compete in London.