Kelley Becherer, a Wisconsin native who plans to major in physical therapy at Northeastern University, has earned two gold medals at the Paralympics in London. She earned gold in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle races for the S13 classification. See Becherer and her coach discuss her commitment to the sport above. She has two more chances at medals coming later this week, the university reports.
Becherer is visually impaired, with no peripheral vision.
“I can’t see the competition unless we’re neck and neck,’’ she told Northeastern’s news service:
Becherer comes from a family of athletes; her mother swam in high school, and her dad played college baseball. She started swimming young, at age 6. By the time she was 13, she was competing at the YMCA Spring Nationals in Florida.
“I love competing and racing,’’ she says. “It sounds weird, but I like working through the pain and getting the best time. I love that feeling, especially when you work so hard for it.’’