Wheeler, a senior honor student at Mountlake Terrace High School and a finalist for The Herald’s 2013 Woman of the Year in Sports, was born without legs, with only a short stump for a right arm, and with a malformed left arm. Her mother got her started in swimming as a small girl so she would know how to handle herself if she ever fell in the water.
No one imagined she would one day become a world and American record holder.
Wheeler holds more than 30 U.S. Paralympic swimming records in various events (short course and long course, meters and yards, and different disability classes), and in 2013 she established four world records in the 100-meter breaststroke, the 50-meter butterfly and the 150-meter individual medley (she has records in two disability classes in the 50 butterfly).
“Breaking records is awesome, and so is winning medals,” Wheeler told The Herald in an interview last fall. “But it’s not necessarily all about that. It also feels good when I beat a time that I haven’t been close (to before).”
Wheeler hopes to represent the United States at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
More Sports Headlines
Seahawks' defense and special teams are fine, but the offense? Cousins to start season as Redskinsí QB 12:50 p.m. NFLís Bills name Taylor starting QB 12:46 p.m. Veteran running back Fred Jackson among 12 cut by Bills Indians president Mark Shapiro leaving for Toronto Blue Jays Team Green skates off with victory in Silvertips’ Green and Grey Game Martins, Evans lead Sounders to 2-1 win over Timbers Mariners fall 6-5 to White Sox in 11 innings
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.