Jessica Rogers, 18 Inches Tall, Shoots For 2012 Paralympic Gold (VIDEO)


At just 18-inches tall, Jessica Rogers has big dreams. She's training to secure a spot on the 2012 U.S. Paralympic swim team, The Sun reports.

"In the water you don't feel restricted by anything," Jessica, 14, told the news outlet. "Your height doesn't matter. Your size doesn't matter. It's just you and the water and what you can do."

Jessica was born with caudal regression syndrome; her spine stops halfway down her back and her legs had to be amputated below the knee when she was 3 years old, according to Mail Online.

The determined swimmer took up the sport soon after her surgery and started competing when she was 6. Jessica now trains five times a week and recently won the silver medal for the 100 meter breast stroke at the Parapan American Games in Mexico, the news outlet reports.

Jessica will compete for a spot on the U.S. Paralympic swim team at the trials in North Dakota in June.

"But for now, I'll be the happiest girl in the world if I get a place at the London games," Jessica told The Sun. "It's my dream."

Want to help make Jessica's dreams come true? Support her nonprofit the Caudal Regression Syndrome Association, which aims to raise awareness about her condition.