Amazingly, four years later, Angelleli won two silver medals at the 2008 Paralympic Games in
She sustained a spinal cord injury as a teenager when she broke her neck practicing a new racing dive in 1983. Despite the challenges of living as a quadriplegic, Angelelli turned stumbling blocks into stepping stones and turned tragedy into triumph.
A graduate of
During her reign, she traveled as a motivational speaker, dispelling the myths and stereotypes about persons with disabilities. Angelelli is also a freelance journalist, model and product spokesperson for Invacare wheelchairs.
Angelelli’s success in the pool and in life is the subject of a documentary film entitled “Untold Dreams.” For more information on the film, visit www.untolddreams.net. Angelelli co-produced the film to help build awareness about the Paralympics and the many abilities of persons with disabilities.Major Achievements:
- 2011: Team member, U.S. Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships
- 2010: Gold medal, 200m individual medley; two silver medals, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle – IPC Swimming World Championships, Eindhoven, Netherlands
- 2008: Silver medal, 100m Freestyle S4; silver medal, 50m Freestyle S4 – Paralympic Games,
- 2006: Two gold medals, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle; silver medal, 50m freestyle – IPC Swimming World Championships,
Durban, South Africa
- 2006: First place, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle - U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Championships,
San Antonio, Texas
- 2004: Two bronze medals, S4 200m freestyle, 4x50m Freestyle Relay 20pt. - Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece
Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame Disabled Female Athlete of the Year (2000, 2003) Michigan
- 2002: Two silver medals, 4 x 50 medley relay 20 pt., 4 x 50 free relay 20 pt. – IPC Swimming World Championships,
Mar del Plata, Argentina
- 2000: Female Amateur Athlete of the Year for the State of
, presented by Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports Michigan
- 2000: Inducted into
Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame Michigan
- 2000: Member of the
Paralympic Team U.S.
- 2000: Gold medal, 100m freestyle - National Championships