The inspiring Victoria Arlen at next Sonoma Speaker event
Monday March 4th 2019 -
Triplet, actress, speaker, model, dancer, ESPN sportscaster, and 2012 Paralympic Games Gold Medalist Victoria Arlen comes to the Sonoma Speaker Series on Monday, March 4.
In 2005, when Arlen was 11 years old, she came down with two rare neurological disorders, Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. She fought for her life for five years, including four years in a vegetative state where she was “locked” within herself, unable to communicate with those around her. She was paralyzed from the waist down for a decade, and against all odds, regained the ability to walk in 2016.
Despite her illness, Arlen never gave up her childhood dream of competing in the Olympics. In June of 2010, she returned to the pool and started swimming again for the first time in over 10 years. She qualified for the 2012 London Paralympic Games and won a gold medal (setting a World Record) and three silver medals.
Not long after the Paralympics, Arlen became one of the youngest on-air hosts ever hired by ESPN. Today, she reports for numerous ESPN programs including XGames, Invictus Games, The ESPY Awards, ESPN-W, Frozen Four, Special Olympics World Games and Sportscenter.
After emerging from four years in a vegetative state, Arlen remained confined to a wheelchair for ten years. Determined to walk, she began aggressive “activity-based paralysis recovery therapy” at Project Walk-San Diego. Later, her family opened Project Walk-Boston, and there, after two years of therapy, she took her first unassisted step on a long and remarkable road to recovery. In 2017, she competed on Dancing with the Stars for nine weeks and was a semi-finalist. During the show, her incredible story was seen and heard by millions.
Through her own heart-wrenching story, Arlen shares her breakthrough formula for overcoming life’s darkest challenges. She talks about finding gratitude, alternative perspective, creating hope, and the power of unrelenting effort. She shares her recipe for using the obstacles in life to create leverage for long-lasting, meaningful change through a story the audience will never forget.
There will be a VIP reception at 5:45 p.m. and event begins at 7 p.m. at the Hanna Boys Center Auditorium, 17000 Arnold Dr., Sonoma. Tickets are available at sonomaspeakerseries.com.