Evansville's Mikaela Jenkins Qualifies for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Evansville native and Reitz High School graduate Mikaela Jenkins will be one of 34 swimmers competing in this year's Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Posted: Jun 22, 2021 1:39 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2021 1:58 PM

Another Tri-State athlete is heading to Tokyo for competitive swimming in 2021.

Evansville's 18-year-old Mikaela Jenkins will be representing Team USA in the Paralympics this summer.

"I can officially call myself a Paralympian," Jenkins posted to her Instagram page Monday. "It’s been a long journey getting here but I can’t wait to swim along side the best Team USA has to offer! Thank you to everyone who has helped me along this journey."

Jenkins went to Reitz High School in Evansville.

As her Team USA bio page explains, she was born with left Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency and underwent a left Symes Amputation when she was eight-months-old. After being fitted with her first prosthesis at the age of one-year-old, Jenkins was walking independently at the age of 17-months-old.

She learned to swim at age four and began swimming competitively when she was eight.

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Jenkins is one of 34 swimmers competing in this year's Paralympic Games.

After being postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the Tokyo Olympic Games and the Tokyo Paralympic Games agreed to maintain the "2020" in this year's hosting of the games.

As for how many in-person spectators will be allowed at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, organizers say a decision will be made on July 16.

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