Seacoast's Victoria Arlen Featured on ESPYs

The Olympic gold medalist was a runner-up for the "Best Female Athlete With a Disability" award.

Victoria Arlen
Victoria Arlen
Exeter's Victoria Arlen, who won a gold medal in the 2012 London Paralympics, was featured on ESPN's ESPYs award show Wednesday night.

The 18-year-old Arlen, a swimmer, won a gold and three silvers in the Paralympics. Earlier this month, she graduated from Exeter High School.

Arlen, who is in a wheelchair after suffering from transverse myelitis, was nominated for a "Best Female Athlete With a Disability" ESPY. The award went to Jessica Long, a swimmer who won eight medals at the 2012 Paralympics and has no feet from Fibular hemimelia.

"So exciting to be a part of the 2013 @ESPYS I didn't win but I am super proud to have been nominated! #CongratsToAll #ThanksForVoting," tweeted Arlen after Wednesday's awards ceremony.

Kyle Stucker (Editor) July 18, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Victoria Arlen just posted this message about her nomination on her Facebook page: "If you were to tell me 3 years ago today as I lay in a hospital bed just waking up from a coma that watching The ESPYS then I'd not only be there one day but be there nominated I would have never beloved you. Well it happened and my dream came true. I made it here. Although I did not win I feel as if I have won and continue to win in many aspects everyday. Thank you to everyone for all of the support and votes! Much love to all!"


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