The AVM community must be proud to have a survivor representing us in the Paralympics.
Ileana Rodriguez is swimming for the US in several heats. After growing up in Matanzas, Cuba where she learned to swim in its famous beaches, she then became a swimmer for the city’s team, later leaving swimming for ballet.
She developed AVM in her spine at 13, compormising her ability to dance or walk.
When Rodriguez and her family moved to the US, she resumed swimming in high school, joined their team and brought honors to the school.
In 2008, Ileana set a U.S. record in the 200m breast stroke and has since moved to the Paralympics Training Center in Colorado Springs to focus and compete year round.
Learn more about Ileana quest for gold and cheer for her through these links.
She also blogs for TeamUSA at http://www.teamusa.org/Bloggers-for-TeamUSA/Ileana-Rodriguez.aspx.