While Jessica Long was winning gold in the 200m individual medley (SM8) the other day—her fourth consecutive Paralympic gold in that event over a 14-year period—another pretty big story unfolded under the radar. Eighteen-year-old US swimmer Haven Shepherd finished 5th in that race, the first Paralympic event of her career, and she came within a...
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TLDR: Born in Vietnam, Haven lost her legs in a “family suicide” when she was 14 months old. Her mother and
father strapped bombs to themselves and embraced
Haven, hoping all three would die. The detonation killed both her parents. Haven survived but lost both legs below the knee.