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    Posted September 9, 2012 by
    chopsm
    Location
    London
    Assignment
    Assignment
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What do the Paralympics mean to you?

    chopsm and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: London 2012 Olympics
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    Meeting Victoria Arlen - American Superhuman

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter chopsm bumped into US Paralympian swimmer Victoria Arlen while strolling around London's Jubilee Park. Arlen won four medals in the Games' swimming competitions, breaking a world record in the process and in one race beating Team GB favorite Ellie Simmonds. "She was in a big group who I later found out to be her family," he said. "They were very friendly when I introduced myself. Although I did not recognise Victoria I knew exactly who she was when she told me, having watched her win gold the day before against Simmonds." The US won a total of 98 medals in the games, coming sixth in the medals table.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    One of the great hopes with living so close to the London 2012 Olympic Park is that you may just meet an Olympic or Paralympic medallist. Well on the final day of the Paralympics that hope became a reality for me as I met Gold medallist Victoria Arlen of the United States at Canary Wharf in East London.

    Relaxing with her family, Mom, Jacqueline and Dad, Larry and siblings Liz, LJ, William & Cameron just 24hrs after winning the women's 100m Freestyle - S6 final on Day 10 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Victoria and her family were more than happy to show off the Gold and 3 Silver medals and pose for some photographs.

    Victoria, 17, was enjoying this down time with her family before joining the rest of Team USA for the Paralympic games closing ceremony in the Olympic Stadium on Sunday evening. After the ceremony she is heading to historic Scotland for a sightseeing holiday before heading home to New Hampshire and her studies at Exeter High School.
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