After dreaming of going to the Olympics, a sudden leg injury led to the amputation of her left leg, followed by her right leg a year later. The 23-year-old unstoppable double amputee has found success as a Paralympic swimmer as she prepares for the upcoming games.
“I think I was born a very driven individual. Whenever I set a goal for myself, I don’t stop until I get it.” - Morgan Stickney
Introduction to Morgan Stickney
Morgan started swimming at 10 years old and found the pool was her happy place. “The same girl who fell in love with the sport when she was 10 years old, is still in love with the sport at 23 years old,” Morgan states. With determination in her training, she became one of the top 20 in the country and had the Olympics on her mind. However, pain in her left foot led to multiple surgeries and, after a 6 year battle, an amputation. She persisted in her training after just 6 weeks post-amputation. 4 months later, she became a national champion. “Once I get into my groove,” says Morgan, “there’s no stopping me.”
Then, the unimaginable happened again, but in her right foot. Doctors determined there was a lack of blood flow from her mid-calf to her foot. Her only option was another below-the-knee amputation, making her a bilateral amputee. “Being a para-athlete isn’t any different in my mind as being an able-bodied athlete,” states Morgan, “You still have to train just as hard, if not harder.”
Morgan has been on an incredible journey to compete in the Paralympics. Her determination and positive attitude has landed her a spot on the US Paralympic team heading to the 2021 World Games in Tokyo. “When you say you want to achieve something, go do it and prove to the world you’re going to do it,” Morgan states.
- At the age of 15, she was ranked among the top 20 swimmers in the USA
- Placed 1st in the 2018 Paralympic Nationals
- 2x National Champion
- Fastest S10 400 freestyler in the US
Morgan’s Swim Training
“Before practice, I need to relax my muscles and stretch out before I get into the pool,” states Morgan. In order for Morgan to perform at her best, she has to stay hydrated every single day. Throughout her training in the pool, she stays hydrated with aminoVITAL Action. “Hydration is a huge part of my daily routine,” Morgan states, “I take aminoVITAL during all of my workouts.”
As you can imagine, Morgan’s arms are incredibly sore after she trains. Her propulsion in the water comes from her arms. aminoVITAL Action helps Morgan stay energized and jump-starts the recovery process during her training in the pool. Morgan states, “recovering my arms everyday is a huge factor in my training.”
Action contains 220mg electrolytes for hydration, 2400mg of BCAAs to reduce muscle and mental fatigue, and 0g of sugar. Morgan claims, “it helps fuel my body and gives me energy to be able to push myself to the max.”