September 15, 2016
They say if you love something, let it go. And if it comes back to you, it’s meant to be. For Paralympic athlete, Mallory Weggemann — who had endured physical setbacks that made swimming almost out of the question — her love for the sport never went away.
In 2008, Weggemann received a routine epidural injection for her back pain that left her permanently paralyzed from the waist down. It was a big physical and emotional blow for Weggemann, but she was determined to get back in the pool to compete. It took just three months for the then-18-year-old to return to the water, and less than 16 months to break her first set of world records in 2009. She even earned the 2011 ESPY for Best Female Athlete with a Disability. And her long list of achievements didn’t end there.