Mallory Weggemann has been a competitive swimmer since the age of seven. On January 21, 2008, she went to the hospital to receive her third and final epidural injection 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, Mallory chose to return to the pool. Still coping with her new disability, Mallory found one thing unchanged, her love for swimming. Less than sixteen months later, Mallory broke her first set of world records. Mallory is a two-time Paralympian and a two-time medalist for Team USA. Mallory competed and medaled at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and recently competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Mallory works closely with The Hartford, a Founding Partner of U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, helping to positively change public attitudes and perceptions about disability.
For more information about Mallory’s accomplishments, visit Team USA’s website.
Photo by Joe Kusumoto
5833s NS 01/16