In 2005, Victoria was 11 years old when she came down with two rare neurological disorders, Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. She fought for her life for five years, including four years in a vegetative state where she was ‘locked’ within herself, unable to communicate with those around her. At times, she suffered seizures for more than 20 hours per day. She was paralyzed from the waist down for a decade and incredibly, regained the ability to walk in 2016.
A lifelong athlete, despite her illness, Victoria never gave up her dream of competing in the Olympics Games. In June of 2010, she returned to the pool for the first time in over ten years. Two years later, she qualified for the 2012 London Paralympic Games, where she won a Gold Medal and three Silver Medals.
Through her own heart-wrenching story, Victoria shares her Breakthrough Formula for overcoming life’s darkest challenges. She talks about finding gratitude, an alternative perspective, creating hope, and the power of unrelenting effort. She shares her recipe for using the obstacles in life to create leverage for long-lasting, meaningful change through a story audiences never forget.
Today, she reports for numerous ESPN programs including X-Games, The ESPY Awards, Special Olympics World Games, and Sportscenter.