Brenda Levy is recognized as one of America’s leading athletes with disabilities. An avid swimmer as a child, Levy began wheelchair racing in 1988, earning a total of 55 first place wins including the Marine Corps Marathon. Levy later returned to swimming, qualifying for the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona, the premier international competition for disabled athletes, where she won the bronze medal in the 50 meter freestyle and a gold medal for the 1 00 meter freestyle relay, setting a new world record. In 1993, Levy won three gold medals in the Maccabiah Games–in road racing and swimming. A role model for youth with disabilities, Levy works with children and adults, emphasizing the positive aspects of being disabled, and on behalf of the Paralympics.