Paralyzed Swimmer Banned from Paralymipics
Updated: Tuesday, August 27 2013, 12:03 PM EDT
Victoria Arlen spent three years in a coma as a result of transverse myelitis, a rare disorder of the spinal cord.
When she finally awoke, she was paralyzed from the waist down. But Arlen is still an elite swimmer, setting a world record and winning a gold medal at last summer's Paralympic games.
She was set to add to her trophy case at the upcoming Paralympic World Swimming Championships, until the International Paralympic Committee essentially told her she wasn't paralyzed enough.
The ICP banned Arlen from that and any future competitions after deciding that there's not enough evidence to show she's permanently disabled.
"Being penalized for maybe having a glimmer of hope of one day being able to walk again is beyond sad," Arlen wrote on Facebook. "As much as I'd like [to walk], it is not a reality."