Jessica Long was named Disabled 2011 Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine. She dominated the year, winning 15 gold medals and setting four world records in the process. Long currently holds 20 world records.
Chelsea McClammer, a track and field star and member of the 2011 Parapan American Games U.S. team, racked up five gold medals and a bronze medal at the games held in Guadalajara, Mexico. The six combined medals were the most won by any member of Team USA at the Parapan American Games. McClammer was also a member of the U.S. team that competed at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships.
Tatyana McFadden blazed her way through the streets of Chicago at the 2011 Chicago Marathon, coming in first in the wheelchair division. She crossed the finish line at 1:45:03, just 34 seconds shy of the 19-year-old course record. The win was her second at the Chicago Marathon. McFadden also won four gold medals and a bronze medal at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships.
Alana Nichols will be competing on the U.S. Paralympic Women's Wheelchair Basketball team at the London Olympics. Astounding accomplishment in and of itself, but Nichols, being a dual-sport star, took home some hardware after the 2012 IPC Alpine World Cup Finals. She was crowned the globe-winner for Speed and third overall in World Rankings for the women's sitting division in the Giant Slalom and Slalom.
Named 2011 USA Paratriathlon Athlete of the Year, Melissa Stockwell amazed as she won her second-straight ITU Paratriathlon World Championship in 2011. She also took home the top prize at the 2011 Accenture USA Paratriathlon National Championship in New York City. Stockwell served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War and became the first female soldier to lose a limb in combat. She has been awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for her service.