Victoria is a 22-year-old TV personality on ESPN and former Paralympic swimmer. She is partnered with two-time mirroball trophy champion Val Chmerkovskiy and proving she is a real, threatening competitor on the show.
Going into the Dancing with the Stars season, Victoria called her participation "a dream come true" on Good Morning America and said her ability to compete on the show "means everything" because she was paralyzed for nearly a decade due to a disease.
"[DWTS] is something I always wanted to do but never really knew if I was ever going to have that chance, just giving circumstances and everything. I can honestly say though that learning to walk was easier than learning to ballroom dance," she had said.
Below is a list of 6 facts Reality TV World has compiled about Victoria Arlen:
- At age 11, the lifelong swimmer and athlete fell ill with Transverse Myelitis, a rare viral disease that left her in a four-year long coma and without use of her legs for nearly 10 years.
- When Victoria was in a coma, she could hear conversations going on in her hospital room as doctors expressed losing hope for any sort of improvement in her condition.
However, with support from her family, the athlete's health improved tremendously.
- In June 2010, Victoria returned to the pool for the first time after recovering and worked towards competing in the Olympic Games.
Two years later, she participated in four events at the London Paralympic Games in Spring 2012 and took home one Gold and three Silver medals.
- Victoria is a world-record holder in the 100-meter free.
- As a TV personality, Victoria has reported for numerous sports programs -- including X-Games, Invictus Games, The ESPY Awards, Special Olympics World Games and SportsCenter.
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- Victoria is a motivational speaker who lives by the motto: "Face it. Embrace it. Defy it. Conquer it."