"I had plenty of people tell me that I can't," Schwab said. "I think from birth, you know being born with Spina Bifida, there were a lot of questions actually. A lot of people around me said, you're legs don't work and I was always out there to prove them wrong."
Schwab began playing wheelchair basketball at age 11 and quickly developed into one of the top players in the United States. She played basketball in high school and went to the University of Illinois on a basketball scholarship. Schwab went on to become a three time member of the U.S. Women's Paralympic basketball team, twice winning a gold medal.
"It shocks me sometimes to think about where I've come from and where I'm going," Schwab said.
Where Schwab is going is back to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, but not to play for the U.S. Women's basketball team. This time she has qualified to compete in four wheelchair racing events. She will wear the U.S. uniform as she chases a gold medal in the 400 meter, 800 meter, 5,000 meter and marathon.
"I don't know if you can describe the feeling you get when you get to put on the uniform and you have USA across your chest," Schwab said.
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