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Mallory Weggemann

Paralympic Gold and Bronze Medalist, World Record Holder, ESPN ESPY Winner & Motivational Speaker

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 Mallory Weggemann Biography

Mallory Weggemann has been a competitive swimmer since the age of seven. In 2008, she went to the hospital to receive her third and final epidural injection that she was receiving to help treat back pain caused by postherpetic neuralgia. The epidural injections that were supposed to help with the debilitating pain instead left Weggemann a paraplegic with complete loss of movement from her abdomen down.

Just three months after her injury at the age of 18, Weggemann chose to return to the pool. In April 2008, her older sister found an article in the local newspaper discussing the Paralympic Swimming Trials at the University of Minnesota. Through the encouragement of her family, Weggemann attended the meet as a spectator with her sister and met several of the US National Team coaches, as well as her former coach, Jim Andersen. Still coping with her new disability, Weggemann found one thing unchanged, her love for swimming.

Less than a year and a half later, Weggemann broke her first set of world records at the 2009 Can Am Speedo Para Swim Meet. Over the next four years she broke 34 American Records, 15 World Records, becoming a twelve time World Champion and became a two Paralympic Medalist at the London 2012 Games – one gold, the other bronze. Weggemann’s Gold Medal race has been deemed one of the most memorable moments of the 2012 London Games, inspiring audiences around the world. Although the London 2012 Games weren’t the end for Weggemann’s swimming career.

Following the London 2012 Games, Weggemann launched her career as a highly sought after motivational speaker and began her training for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Although, in 2014 fate would leave Weggemann with another twist in her athletic journey after she sustained permanent nerve damage to her left arm. Faced with the reality of potentially having to retire Weggemann decided that she wasn’t willing to give up on her dream of the Rio 2016 Games without a fight.

Weggemann returned to the water, her sanctuary and looked to the black line as she fought her way back. With the support of her coach, Steve Van Dyne, she began her comeback. Weggemann is now a two-time Paralympian and will be training for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

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Speaking Topics
  • Paralympic Athlete

  • Personal Story: Everything Happens for a Reason (includes moving anecdotes from personal journals)

    Mallory Weggemann discusses the day she became paralyzed back in January 2008, and her initial struggles to cope with the fact that everything she knew for nearly 19 years of her life changed in literally the blink of an eye. After months of self-reflection, Mallory slowly started to find her own answers to her number one question—why? It slowly became very evident to her that everything happens for a reason and she shares this very rare emotional journey with the audience by sharing her personal journals from throughout each of her experiences. Mallory’s story sends the audience through their own self-reflection as she challenges everyone to realize their own journey and insists that no odds are too large to overcome.

  • “You’re the Best, You Can Make a Difference and You Can Change the World”

    The phrase spoken to Mallory Weggemann and her sisters by her father every night before they went to bed is something which Mallory lives by every day. Mallory emphasizes that everyone goes through struggles and everyone has some sort of “disability,” some of them just not as obvious as hers. Yet, everyone has the ability to overcome their “disabilities” and make a difference (big or small) in the world. With her unique ability to speak to a packed house, and yet make every individual feel as if they are involved in a personal conversation, Mallory presented a challenge to her audience while speaking at the United Nations in September 2013: “Live your life with passion, with heart, free of fear, hate and judgment, be courageous, and know that in any given moment you can make a difference and you can change the world by your simple actions.”

  • Baby Steps: An Intimate Discussion on the Basic Forms of Leadership

    Mallory Weggemann breaks down the pillars of leadership into a more simplistic form—baby steps. As she insists that the only way to take a daunting task, a looming challenge, a seemingly unsurmountable obstacle and conquer it is through baby steps themselves. In October 2008, Mallory found her own personal life was focused on change. Through her journey and self-reflection, she discovered that one of the greatest qualities leaders can present is the ability to adapt to change. Mallory’s story appeals to anyone seeking a genuine and, at times, raw examination of one young woman’s journey through grief to the top of the Paralympic medal platform, from being confined to a chair to learning to walk again. Even though her spine will never heal, her spirit is active, captivating and unstoppable.

  • Everything Happens for a Reason

    In this touching and poignant presentation, Mallory Weggemann recounts the day she became paralyzed, her initial struggles to cope with her new condition, and how she soon realized she now had a platform to raise awareness for swimmers with disabilities. Weggemann shares moving anecdotes from her personal journal, including how she changed the life of a young girl who was also paralyzed
    • an incident that allowed her to fully understand why "everything happens for a reason."

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    Booking fees for Mallory Weggemann, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mallory Weggemann, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Mallory Weggemann?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mallory Weggemann for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mallory Weggemann for your next private or corporate function.
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Mallory Weggemann

Paralympic Gold and Bronze Medalist, World Record Holder, ESPN ESPY Winner & Motivational Speaker

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Mallory Weggemann Biography

Mallory Weggemann has been a competitive swimmer since the age of seven. In 2008, she went to the hospital to receive her third and final epidural injection that she was receiving to help treat back pain caused by postherpetic neuralgia. The epidural injections that were supposed to help with the debilitating pain instead left Weggemann a paraplegic with complete loss of movement from her abdomen down.

Just three months after her injury at the age of 18, Weggemann chose to return to the pool. In April 2008, her older sister found an article in the local newspaper discussing the Paralympic Swimming Trials at the University of Minnesota. Through the encouragement of her family, Weggemann attended the meet as a spectator with her sister and met several of the US National Team coaches, as well as her former coach, Jim Andersen. Still coping with her new disability, Weggemann found one thing unchanged, her love for swimming.

Less than a year and a half later, Weggemann broke her first set of world records at the 2009 Can Am Speedo Para Swim Meet. Over the next four years she broke 34 American Records, 15 World Records, becoming a twelve time World Champion and became a two Paralympic Medalist at the London 2012 Games – one gold, the other bronze. Weggemann’s Gold Medal race has been deemed one of the most memorable moments of the 2012 London Games, inspiring audiences around the world. Although the London 2012 Games weren’t the end for Weggemann’s swimming career.

Following the London 2012 Games, Weggemann launched her career as a highly sought after motivational speaker and began her training for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Although, in 2014 fate would leave Weggemann with another twist in her athletic journey after she sustained permanent nerve damage to her left arm. Faced with the reality of potentially having to retire Weggemann decided that she wasn’t willing to give up on her dream of the Rio 2016 Games without a fight.

Weggemann returned to the water, her sanctuary and looked to the black line as she fought her way back. With the support of her coach, Steve Van Dyne, she began her comeback. Weggemann is now a two-time Paralympian and will be training for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Mallory Weggemann Videos

  • Paralympic star Mallory Weggemann walks for second time
    Paralympic star Mallory Weggemann walks for second time US Paralympic swimming gold medallist Mallory Weggemann learns to walk for the second time...
  • Triumph over tragedy: Mallory Weggemann at TEDxUNPlaza
    In 2008, Mallory Weggemann, a talented swimmer and college freshman, received an epidural injection to help treat back pain, but complications with...
  • Mallory Weggemann - "Against All Odds - The Journey of New Mobility"
    On January 21, 2008 at 18 years old, Mallory Weggemann became paralyzed. Since that day she has dreamed of one day walking again, but in order to...

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Mallory Weggemann Speaking Topics

  • Paralympic Athlete

  • Personal Story: Everything Happens for a Reason (includes moving anecdotes from personal journals)

    Mallory Weggemann discusses the day she became paralyzed back in January 2008, and her initial struggles to cope with the fact that everything she knew for nearly 19 years of her life changed in literally the blink of an eye. After months of self-reflection, Mallory slowly started to find her own answers to her number one question—why? It slowly became very evident to her that everything happens for a reason and she shares this very rare emotional journey with the audience by sharing her personal journals from throughout each of her experiences. Mallory’s story sends the audience through their own self-reflection as she challenges everyone to realize their own journey and insists that no odds are too large to overcome.

  • “You’re the Best, You Can Make a Difference and You Can Change the World”

    The phrase spoken to Mallory Weggemann and her sisters by her father every night before they went to bed is something which Mallory lives by every day. Mallory emphasizes that everyone goes through struggles and everyone has some sort of “disability,” some of them just not as obvious as hers. Yet, everyone has the ability to overcome their “disabilities” and make a difference (big or small) in the world. With her unique ability to speak to a packed house, and yet make every individual feel as if they are involved in a personal conversation, Mallory presented a challenge to her audience while speaking at the United Nations in September 2013: “Live your life with passion, with heart, free of fear, hate and judgment, be courageous, and know that in any given moment you can make a difference and you can change the world by your simple actions.”

  • Baby Steps: An Intimate Discussion on the Basic Forms of Leadership

    Mallory Weggemann breaks down the pillars of leadership into a more simplistic form—baby steps. As she insists that the only way to take a daunting task, a looming challenge, a seemingly unsurmountable obstacle and conquer it is through baby steps themselves. In October 2008, Mallory found her own personal life was focused on change. Through her journey and self-reflection, she discovered that one of the greatest qualities leaders can present is the ability to adapt to change. Mallory’s story appeals to anyone seeking a genuine and, at times, raw examination of one young woman’s journey through grief to the top of the Paralympic medal platform, from being confined to a chair to learning to walk again. Even though her spine will never heal, her spirit is active, captivating and unstoppable.

  • Everything Happens for a Reason

    In this touching and poignant presentation, Mallory Weggemann recounts the day she became paralyzed, her initial struggles to cope with her new condition, and how she soon realized she now had a platform to raise awareness for swimmers with disabilities. Weggemann shares moving anecdotes from her personal journal, including how she changed the life of a young girl who was also paralyzed
    • an incident that allowed her to fully understand why "everything happens for a reason."

FAQs on booking Mallory Weggemann

  • How to book Mallory Weggemann?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Mallory Weggemann for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Mallory Weggemann, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Mallory Weggemann or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Mallory Weggemann?

    Booking fees for Mallory Weggemann, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mallory Weggemann, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Mallory Weggemann?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mallory Weggemann for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mallory Weggemann for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Mallory Weggemann or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Mallory Weggemann or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Mallory Weggemann is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Mallory Weggemann for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Mallory Weggemann generally travels from MN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Shawn Johnson East, Shannon Miller, J.R. Martinez, Jim Abbott and Linda Alvarado. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Mallory Weggemann for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Mallory Weggemann Speaker Videos

  • Paralympic star Mallory Weggemann walks for second time
    Paralympic star Mallory Weggemann walks for second time US Paralympic swimming gold medallist Mallory Weggemann learns to walk for the second time after training with a state-of-the-art carbon...
    Triumph over tragedy: Mallory Weggemann at TEDxUNPlaza
    In 2008, Mallory Weggemann, a talented swimmer and college freshman, received an epidural injection to help treat back pain, but complications with the procedure left her paralyzed from the waist...
  • Mallory Weggemann - "Against All Odds - The Journey of New Mobility"
    On January 21, 2008 at 18 years old, Mallory Weggemann became paralyzed. Since that day she has dreamed of one day walking again, but in order to make that a reality she needs your help. Please join...

Mallory Weggemann Speaking Topics

  • Paralympic Athlete

  • Personal Story: Everything Happens for a Reason (includes moving anecdotes from personal journals)

    Mallory Weggemann discusses the day she became paralyzed back in January 2008, and her initial struggles to cope with the fact that everything she knew for nearly 19 years of her life changed in literally the blink of an eye. After months of self-reflection, Mallory slowly started to find her own answers to her number one question—why? It slowly became very evident to her that everything happens for a reason and she shares this very rare emotional journey with the audience by sharing her personal journals from throughout each of her experiences. Mallory’s story sends the audience through their own self-reflection as she challenges everyone to realize their own journey and insists that no odds are too large to overcome.

  • “You’re the Best, You Can Make a Difference and You Can Change the World”

    The phrase spoken to Mallory Weggemann and her sisters by her father every night before they went to bed is something which Mallory lives by every day. Mallory emphasizes that everyone goes through struggles and everyone has some sort of “disability,” some of them just not as obvious as hers. Yet, everyone has the ability to overcome their “disabilities” and make a difference (big or small) in the world. With her unique ability to speak to a packed house, and yet make every individual feel as if they are involved in a personal conversation, Mallory presented a challenge to her audience while speaking at the United Nations in September 2013: “Live your life with passion, with heart, free of fear, hate and judgment, be courageous, and know that in any given moment you can make a difference and you can change the world by your simple actions.”

  • Baby Steps: An Intimate Discussion on the Basic Forms of Leadership

    Mallory Weggemann breaks down the pillars of leadership into a more simplistic form—baby steps. As she insists that the only way to take a daunting task, a looming challenge, a seemingly unsurmountable obstacle and conquer it is through baby steps themselves. In October 2008, Mallory found her own personal life was focused on change. Through her journey and self-reflection, she discovered that one of the greatest qualities leaders can present is the ability to adapt to change. Mallory’s story appeals to anyone seeking a genuine and, at times, raw examination of one young woman’s journey through grief to the top of the Paralympic medal platform, from being confined to a chair to learning to walk again. Even though her spine will never heal, her spirit is active, captivating and unstoppable.

  • Everything Happens for a Reason

    In this touching and poignant presentation, Mallory Weggemann recounts the day she became paralyzed, her initial struggles to cope with her new condition, and how she soon realized she now had a platform to raise awareness for swimmers with disabilities. Weggemann shares moving anecdotes from her personal journal, including how she changed the life of a young girl who was also paralyzed
    • an incident that allowed her to fully understand why "everything happens for a reason."

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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