Special Olympics swimmer returns to Columbia with medals

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 | 6:04 p.m. CDT; updated 4:42 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Special Olympics swimmer Leanna Krogmann returned to Columbia on Wednesday after competing in the Special Olympics World Games in Athens.

COLUMBIA — Leanna Krogmann looked down proudly and ran her thumb across the array of medals hanging from her neck.

“I put them in the order I won them," she said.

Krogmann returned to Columbia on Wednesday after competing in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Greece and was welcomed home by the Central Area Special Olympics Missouri, as well as friends and family.

Krogmann competed well in Athens, winning the gold medal in the 4 x 50-meter freestyle relay, bronze in the 100-meter backstroke and the 200-meter breaststroke, and sixth place in the 100-meter freestyle.    

The competition is Krogmann’s third time competing in the Special Olympics, and she hopes to participate again. Even though she's won medals, Krogmann isn't taking any breaks and will begin training again on Sunday. Krogmann said if she doesn’t swim in the next Special Olympics, she wouldn’t mind participating in another sport. As she was listing off possible choices, her mom interrupted and asked her what sport she was best at.    

“People think it’s swimming,” Krogmann said, setting off a round of laughs among family and friends.

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Barbara Hoppe July 7, 2011 | 8:30 a.m.

Congratulations Leanna! Sorry I missed Wednesday's celebration. Thanks for representing Columbia so well.
Keep up the great swimming! You have great parents too!

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