Updated: September 04, 2021 11:44 PM
Created: September 04, 2021 09:21 PM
Chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!" greeted Mallory Weggemann as she rolled into the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport baggage claim Saturday night.
The 32-year-old swimmer from Eagan proudly displayed the hardware she won at the Tokyo Paralympic Games: two gold medals and one silver.
Weggemann finished first in the 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter backstroke and came in second in the 50-meter butterfly in Tokyo. Her finish in the 100-meter backstroke set a Paralympic record.
She had previously competed in the Paralympics in 2012 and 2016 and won gold in the 50-meter freestyle and bronze in the 34-point 4x100-meter medley back in the 2012 London Games.
Weggemann, who is paralyzed from the waist down, graduated from Eagan High School in 2007. She lost movement in her legs as a result of an epidural injection in her back to treat shingles.
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