Upload wouldn't make any kind of deal about this if...

...the msn.com gallery of hottest Paralympians didn't feature men and women.

...there was anything smarmy about the way the gallery was presented.

...the same kind of photo galleries and lists were so much a part of those other games that concluded in London earlier this month.

Those things being said, when you click on the msn.com gallery of the "11 hottest Paralympic athletes," Eagan's Mallory Weggemann is the first photo you'll see.



A competitive swimmer since she was 7, Weggemann's story is detail on her website, from the medical procedure that left her paralyzed in 20008 and how she discovered Paralympic competition three months later when she attended the Paralympic swimming trials at the University of Minnesota.

According to the web site, she holds 34 U.S. record and 15 world record in various events. She also won the 2011 ESPY for being the "Best Female Athlete with a Disability."

Once the games begin on Wednesday, you'll be able to follow Weggemann and the other Paralympics here. You can also follow her on Twitter @MalloryWeggeman.

In the meantime, here is a link to profiles of the Minnesotans who will be part of the competition.


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