After receiving an epidural injection to help treat back pain in 2008, 18-year-old Mallory Weggemann - a competitive swimmer since the age of seven - was left paralyzed from the waist down due to complications from the procedure. Undeterred by her new condition - and encouraged by an article on the Paralympic swimming trials in Minnesota - Weggemann returned to the pool as a Paralympic swimmer and astounded the world with her unparalleled feats.
She currently holds 17 world and 33 American records; has won a combined 13 gold and one silver medal at the 2009 and 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships; and is also the recipient of the 2009 and 2010 Swimming World Magazine Female Disabled Swimmer of the Year and USA Swimming Disabled Swimmer of the Year Awards. Currently, she is ranked no. 1 in the world for six of the seven Paralympic events.
Out of the pool, Mallory Weggemann is dedicated to touching the lives of other disabled athletes and raising awareness of disabled swimming throughout the United States and the world. In 2011, she was nominated by the Women's Sports Foundation for the Sportswoman of the Year Award, given to the best female athletes based on their record-breaking, historic, or simply amazing athletic performances. At the 2011 ESPY Awards, Weggemann took home the award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.
Mallory Weggemann was born and raised in Minnesota. She is currently a member of the US Paralympic Team and is training for another successful campaign at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
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