03/06/2014 05:49 pm ET Updated Mar 06, 2014

Mallory Weggemann Opens Up About Becoming Paralyzed, Paralympics Gold Medal (VIDEO)

U.S. swimmer Mallory Weggemann reflected on her painful but ultimately rewarding journey to the London 2012 Paralympics during a visit to HuffPost Live on Wednesday. The 24-year-old, who became paralyzed from the waist down in 2008 after receiving an epidural injection for her back pain, won gold in the women's 50-meter freestyle S8 event. She dropped by the HPL studio with pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton to discuss their new documentary, "The Current," that showcases accomplishments of people with disabilities.