EXCLUSIVE: Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen Joins 'DWTS' — and She's Paired With a Fan Favorite!

EXCLUSIVE: Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen Joins 'DWTS' — and She's Paired With a Fan Favorite!

The Boston, Massachusetts, native is currently a television personality for ESPN, as well as an actress, speaker and model who has beat the odds.

When she was just 11 years old, Arlen developed two rare conditions known as transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. This caused her to quickly lose the ability to speak, eat, walk and move, and was told by doctors that there was little hope for survival and that recovery was highly unlikely.

Flash forward to 2010, and the impossible was made possible when Arlen learned how to speak, eat and move again. Two years later, Arlen qualified for the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London as a paralympic swimmer with Team USA. She won four medals that year: one gold and three silver.

Then, in 2016, she learned how to walk after spending nearly a decade paralyzed from the waist down.

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