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Paralyzed Athlete Olympic Comeback
Chronicled in New Documentary
Just Released on DVD and VHS

As a teenager, Cheryl Angelelli of Fraser, MI, was an up-and-coming swimmer with Olympic hopes and dreams, until her life drastically changed. On February 4, 1983, while practicing a new racing dive, she hit her head at the bottom of the pool and broke her neck. The accident left her a quadriplegic and forever changed the course of her life, but not her dreams.

Angelelli's inspiring comeback story is the focus of a new documentary entitled, Untold Dreams: The Cheryl Angelelli Story. Untold Dreams chronicles Angelelli's life, from a teenager struggling to deal with the sudden onset of a disability, to her comeback as an internationally ranked disabled swimmer and her dream of standing on the medal podium at the 2004 Paralympic Summer Games in Athens, Greece.

The Paralympics is the equivalent to the Olympics for elite athletes with physical disabilities. Over 4,000 athletes from 125 countries competed in the 2004 Paralympic Summer Games in Athens. However, since the United States is one of the only countries that does not televise the Paralympics, these athletes accomplishments virtually go unrecognized, their stories, their dreams are untold.

I hope this film helps create more awareness about the Paralympics and educates society about the many abilities of persons with disabilities not only in sports but also in life, says Angelelli.

Untold Dreams was produced in cooperation with the Athlete' s with Disabilities Hall of Fame and the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.

Untold Dreams has recently been released on DVD and VHS. For more information, or to purchase, please visit



Contact Information

Phillip Conatser, PhD, CAPE

Associate Professor

University of Texas RIo Grande Valley                                           

College of Health Affairs

Department of Health and Human Performance

80 Fort Brown

Brownsville, TX 78520

Office: (956) 882-5701

Cell: (956) 561-1825