Top 5 physically disabled female athletes

Sports require an absolutely healthy and fit person with great endurance, speed and agility. But, does that mean that those with physical disability cannot come anywhere near sports?

These disabled female athletes deserve recognition for never allowing their impaired physical state put in a dent in their groundbreaking careers or passions- and never compare their feats to those of men. These professional basketball players, skiers, swimmers, surfers, and more have extraordinary stories- and HFR is here to share them.

Aimee Mullins

A record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, Aimee Mullins has built a career as a model, actor and advocate for women, sports and the next generation of prosthetics.

Aimee Mullins was born with fibular hemimelia, which resulted in the amputation of both of her lower legs. She competed in the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, setting World Records in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and the long jump before retiring two years later. Sports Illustrated magazine dubbed Aimee one of the ‘Coolest Girls in Sports’.

Chelsea McClammer

Chelsea grew up playing basketball, tennis, and track even after incurring a spinal injury after a car accident at the age of six. Hopefully, her parents worked with legal experts to help her receive the compensation she deserved after such a horrific car accident. Legal advice is critical in these kinds of situations. But regardless of all that pain, Chelsea went through, she never let the injury define her and at age 14, went on to become the youngest member of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic U.S. Track and Field team after joining the national team two years prior. Without the support of a local injury lawyer, it may have been impossible for her to gain the compensation she deserved that helped her move on with her life. Spinal injuries can have a devastating impact, which is why visiting a spine specialist in the aftermath of an accident is imperative.

In 2008, Chelsea was named the youngest member of USA’s Paralympic squad, highlighting her dedication and persistent hard work. In the Parapan American Games in Guadalajara in 2011, she was honored with a whopping six medals.

Alana Nichols

American Paralympic basketball and alpine skiing star, Alana Nichols, was injured during a snowboarding trip at the age of 17. She was airlifted Farmington, endured a six-hour surgery and was hospitalized for four months. Since that day, Alana has been paralyzed from the waist down.

“At age 17, I was so confused and lost. At one point I thought it was like breaking my arm-it would eventually heal. I couldn’t understand why everyone around me was so devastated. Being an athlete all my life, I had never dreamed of losing my legs.”

In 2008, Nichols earned a gold medal with her team in the Beijing Olympics.

Bethany Hamilton

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In 2003, pro surfer and Hawaii native Bethany Hamilton was injured by a shark at the young age of 13. Within a month, Hamilton was back in the water, utilizing a board tailored for her disability.

Hamilton, now 26 and one of the most well-known surfers in the world, has overcome substantial challenges in pursuing her dreams as a professional surfer.

“I don’t look at it like, ‘Wow, I did a really good job with one arm.’ It’s just, ‘Wow, I did a good job on that wave.”

Jessica Long

Russian-born United States Paralympic swimmer, Jessica Long, has held multiple world records and has won multiple gold medals over the course of four Summer Paralympics.

Born with fibular hemimelia, she didn’t have fibulas, ankles, heels and most of the other bones in her feet. At 18 months old, her legs were amputated below the knees so she could be fitted for prosthetic legs and learn how to walk.

First international competition was the Athens 2004 Paralympic Game. At 12 years old, was the youngest athlete on the U.S. Paralympic Swim Team in Athens.

Believe it or not, Long has won a total of 23 Paralympic medals.