Check out the amazing story of Victoria Arlen, a truly inspiring 17 year old athlete.
In 2006, Victoria Arlen was paraylzed by transverse myelitis. She was in a vegetative state for two years. But you wouldn't have known that on June 17. Swimming at the U.S. Paralympics Trials in North Dakota, Victoria, at age 17, set two world records.
"I always felt that I had a lot to live for, that's what kept me going," says Arlen. "I was always just determined to live. I had a really good support system, especially my mom and my dad."
According to the Bismark Tribune, Arlen swam four events at the Paralympics Trials and is ranked #1 or #2 in all of them. She broke the IPC record in Women's 400-meter and 100-meter freestyle events. Thanks to her impressive performance, Arlen will be heading to London to represent the USA at the 2012 Paralympics.
The London Paralympics begin August 29th and includes more than 4,200 athletes from over 150 countries.
Thanks to the Huffington Post for this story.
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