Minnesotan Weggemann wins ESPY

Mallory & Fiancé Ryan Chapman at ESPY’s

Mallory Weggemann of Eagan, Minn., is a winner once again.

On Wednesday, the Minnesota-born athlete won an ESPY for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.

Weggemann received her ESPY nomination for her performance at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands, in August 2010, when she was awarded eight gold medals and one silver medal, setting nine new world records.

On Jan. 21, 2008, complications from an epidural injection left the college freshman paralyzed from the waist down at age 18. Three months later, she was back in the pool and has since become the world's fastest female paraplegic swimmer. She is expected to be one of the highest performing athletes at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

"I have always loved the sport, but when this happened, I thought my days of swimming were over," said Weggemann. "And when I realized I could still do it, well I will never forget that moment."

July 14, 2011