Meet Michelle — Paralympic Qualifier. Record Setter. Polar Bottle Ambassador.

For potential Olympians, time comes down to fractions of a second. They can dedicate years of training to be the best, and dreams can be achieved or broken before the blink of an eye. Polar Bottle ambassador and Paralympic swimmer Michelle Konkoly knows this personally. She missed qualifying for the 2012 London Paralympic Games by a fraction of a second. Fortunately the olympics comes every four years, and today she has not only qualified for the 2016 Games in Rio, but also set a new world record doing it — all by fractions of a second.

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Konkoly set a new world record in the 50 meter freestyle at the Paralympic Trials in Charlotte, NC last month, securing her place on the U.S. Paralympic Swim Team and realizing a longtime dream to compete on the world’s largest stage.

Konkoly joined her first swim team at age 13, which led her down a path of competitive swimming leading to a collegiate career at Georgetown University.

This path took an unexpected turn her Freshman year in 2011, when Konkoly slipped opening her dorm room window and fell five stories to the ground, sustaining a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Three surgeries and months of intensive rehab have allowed her to walk again, but with permanent weakness in her legs.

This path took an unexpected turn her Freshman year in 2011, when Konkoly slipped opening her dorm room window and fell five stories to the ground, sustaining a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Three surgeries and months of intensive rehab have allowed her to walk again, but with permanent weakness in her legs.

She began competing in the Paralympic swimming world in 2012 where she quickly rose to the top of the world rankings in sprint freestyle events.

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Michelle Konkoly, 2016 Paralympic Swim Trials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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