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#AskAMogulAnything:Hi,I'mRebeccaMeyers.I'maworldchampionswimmerwhoisraisingawarenessaboutjusthowmuchathleteswithphysicaldisabilitiescanachieve.Askmeanythingyou'dlike!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVE10/26@11amET.

Rebecca Meyers
Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics


Your questions will be answered on Wednesday, October 26th at 11 ET. To ask a question, click here to create a Mogul profile, then post a question in the comment section below!

Hi, I'm Rebecca Meyers. I like to be called Becca.

I'm a competitive swimmer. In September, I won three gold medals in the Paralympic Games in Rio. I hold the world record in the 100 m butterfly.  I also set the world record in the 400 free in Rio. In all,  I own 6 world records (100 fly, 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free, and 400 IM).  I'm additionally a four-time World Championship gold medalist. And I was the recipient of the 2015 ESPY for Best Female Athlete with a Disability as well as the 2016 Trischa L. Zord Award (Best Swimmer with a Disability).

I began swimming in 2000 at the age of six in Baltimore, Maryland.  I was born
with Usher syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that left me deaf and that causes progressive vision problems. 

I have never let physical disabilities stand between me and my dreams. I am currently a full-time student and history major at Franklin and Marshall University, slated to graduate in 2018.

Some more information about me: I have a guide dog name Birdie (lab-golden mix) who is also my best friend. I love to bake cupcakes. And the pool/water is my happy place where I can go after a long day of listening/navigating the world and be free.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Wednesday, October 26th at 11 am ET. 

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  • paivasmith
    3y ago

    With your vision and hearing loss what adaptations do your coaches make on deck?

    With your vision and hearing loss what adaptations do your coaches make on deck?

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    3y ago

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  • Rebecca Meyers
    Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
    3y ago

    Thanks for your time and questions! It’s been fun connecting with you. To follow me in the future, I’m at @becca_meyers on Twitter, @beccameyers20 on Instagram and @beccameyers12 on Facebook!

    Thanks for your time and questions! It’s been fun connecting with you. To follow me in the future, I’m at @becca_meyers on Twitter, @beccameyers20 on Instagram and @beccameyers12 on Facebook!

    • Bethany Heinrich
      Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
      3y ago New York, NY, United States

      Thanks so much again for being here today, Rebecca! You are wonderful and Mogul looks forward to following your career and having you be a part of the Mogul community!

      Thanks so much again for being here today, Rebecca! You are wonderful and Mogul looks forward to following your career and having you be a part of the Mogul community!

  • swimmom16
    3y ago

    What is your favorite memory from the Rio games?

    What is your favorite memory from the Rio games?

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      My favorite memory from the Rio Games is the medals. This year, the IPC Committee created a unique feature incorporated in the medals. The Gold medal has 28 beads, the Silver has 20, and Bronze has 16. When you hold one up to your ear and shake it, you can hear the different sounds between the three. They were created this way for the blind and visually impaired athletes to tell which medal was what. I was so excited to receive my first medal on the podium and when I got the gold, I shook it right away!

      My favorite memory from the Rio Games is the medals. This year, the IPC Committee created a unique feature incorporated in the medals. The Gold medal has 28 beads, the Silver has 20, and Bronze has 16. When you hold one up to your ear and shake it, you can hear the different sounds between the three. They were created this way for the blind and visually impaired athletes to tell which medal was what. I was so excited to receive my first medal on the podium and when I got the gold, I shook it right away!

  • Brandon
    3y ago

    Hi Becca - have you ever had any moments where you wanted to give up? How do you get push through these moments?

    Hi Becca - have you ever had any moments where you wanted to give up? How do you get push through these moments?

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      I have had a lot of moments where I did want to give up. I push through those moments by taking a step back from training and asking myself why do I do this sport? I do this sport because I love how swimming has given me a place to go and feel free. Outside of the pool, I work twice as hard as anyone else to listen and navigate the world. In the water, I don't have to listen or see the way I do on land. I want to show others who have challenges that they can find a place to feel free. I also push through those moments by reminding myself of the goal that I am working towards at that moment.

      I have had a lot of moments where I did want to give up. I push through those moments by taking a step back from training and asking myself why do I do this sport? I do this sport because I love how swimming has given me a place to go and feel free. Outside of the pool, I work twice as hard as anyone else to listen and navigate the world. In the water, I don't have to listen or see the way I do on land. I want to show others who have challenges that they can find a place to feel free. I also push through those moments by reminding myself of the goal that I am working towards at that moment.

  • Rebecca Meyers
    Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
    3y ago

    Hi everyone! Becca and Birdie here LIVE to answer your questions for the next hour!

    Hi everyone! Becca and Birdie here LIVE to answer your questions for the next hour!

  • Default
    Guest
    3y ago

    What are the best places to go to train to be a swimmer? Do you think kids know from a young age if they are gifted in that area or is it a skill and ability that you think can be cultivated?

    What are the best places to go to train to be a swimmer? Do you think kids know from a young age if they are gifted in that area or is it a skill and ability that you think can be cultivated?

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      There are a lot of great swim clubs out there but the key to anything is to find a coach to work, encourage, and support you. I do believe it is a skill and ability that can be cultivated. I started swimming when I was 6 years old and I was not that good. When I was 13 years old, I found a coach that took the time to work with me, encourage and support my dreams. I slowly became a better swimmer and I would not be the successful swimmer I am today without the help from the coaches I have worked with along the way.

      There are a lot of great swim clubs out there but the key to anything is to find a coach to work, encourage, and support you. I do believe it is a skill and ability that can be cultivated. I started swimming when I was 6 years old and I was not that good. When I was 13 years old, I found a coach that took the time to work with me, encourage and support my dreams. I slowly became a better swimmer and I would not be the successful swimmer I am today without the help from the coaches I have worked with along the way.

  • Default
    Guest
    3y ago

    What is your biggest advice about going through personal and/or professional heartbreak?

    What is your biggest advice about going through personal and/or professional heartbreak?

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      Thank you! First, I cry a lot. I have learned over the years to not keep things bottled up. Find someone you trust to talk to about how you are feeling. If you believe in therapy, find a therapist. It's okay to ask for help.

      Thank you! First, I cry a lot. I have learned over the years to not keep things bottled up. Find someone you trust to talk to about how you are feeling. If you believe in therapy, find a therapist. It's okay to ask for help.

  • VivianaVizcaino
    VivianaVizcaino Viviana
    3y ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Becca! With all the different things in your life- what is your greatest accomplishment, and what is your most prized possession?

    Hi Becca! With all the different things in your life- what is your greatest accomplishment, and what is your most prized possession?

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      Thank you! My greatest accomplishment is winning 3 gold medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. My most prized possession is my DIII NCAA Swimming & Diving trophy. I competed at the 2016 DIII NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships this past spring for my college team-Franklin and Marshall College, against all able-bodied swimmers from all over the US. I placed 6th overall in the 1650y freestyle against swimmers that can HEAR and SEE. It was an incredible feeling to receive that trophy and I will cherish that moment forever.

      Thank you! My greatest accomplishment is winning 3 gold medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. My most prized possession is my DIII NCAA Swimming & Diving trophy. I competed at the 2016 DIII NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships this past spring for my college team-Franklin and Marshall College, against all able-bodied swimmers from all over the US. I placed 6th overall in the 1650y freestyle against swimmers that can HEAR and SEE. It was an incredible feeling to receive that trophy and I will cherish that moment forever.

  • Jan Johnston Osburn
    Jan Johnston Osburn Mogul Influencer | Career & Life Coach | Helping People Turn Dreams into Realities
    3y ago Washington, DC, United States

    Hi Becca, I don't have any specific question but I wanted to congratulate you on all of your success. May the best be yet to come!

    Hi Becca, I don't have any specific question but I wanted to congratulate you on all of your success. May the best be yet to come!

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      Thank you very much for your support!

      Thank you very much for your support!

      • Jan Johnston Osburn
        Jan Johnston Osburn Mogul Influencer | Career & Life Coach | Helping People Turn Dreams into Realities
        3y ago Washington, DC, United States

        You got it!

        You got it!

  • Tiffany Pham
    Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
    3y ago New York, NY, USA

    You are so incredible, Rebecca. What's next for you? What advice would you share with other young women who sometimes feel like they're trying for an impossible dream?

    You are so incredible, Rebecca. What's next for you? What advice would you share with other young women who sometimes feel like they're trying for an impossible dream?

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      Thank you! What's next for me is I would like to finish up my college degree and train for the next Paralympic Games! I also want to give back to the communities that helped and supported me on my journey to Rio. I want to show others that are struggling that they can do anything they set their mind to! The advice I would share is don't give up, Every dream is a mountain. If one path up the mountain doesn't work, try a different one. There are many paths to climb up a mountain and sometimes you have to try more than one to achieve your dream!

      Thank you! What's next for me is I would like to finish up my college degree and train for the next Paralympic Games! I also want to give back to the communities that helped and supported me on my journey to Rio. I want to show others that are struggling that they can do anything they set their mind to! The advice I would share is don't give up, Every dream is a mountain. If one path up the mountain doesn't work, try a different one. There are many paths to climb up a mountain and sometimes you have to try more than one to achieve your dream!

  • booklover423
    3y ago

    Hi Becca - I'd love to hear more about Birdie. Does Birdie travel with you to your swimming competitions? Was Birdie with you in Rio? And does Birdie ever go for a swim?

    Hi Becca - I'd love to hear more about Birdie. Does Birdie travel with you to your swimming competitions? Was Birdie with you in Rio? And does Birdie ever go for a swim?

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      Thank you! Birdie travels everywhere with me to meets that are in the US. She did not go to Rio because it was a lot of stress for both of us in that environment. Birdie stayed back in the US at The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ and they took care of her. She was really happy there and I was able to focus on my swimming in Rio. I would have loved to have taken her but it was best for both of us that she stay home where she was cared for. Birdie actually does not like the water which is good for me that she won't jump in to try and save me while I am swimming!

      Thank you! Birdie travels everywhere with me to meets that are in the US. She did not go to Rio because it was a lot of stress for both of us in that environment. Birdie stayed back in the US at The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ and they took care of her. She was really happy there and I was able to focus on my swimming in Rio. I would have loved to have taken her but it was best for both of us that she stay home where she was cared for. Birdie actually does not like the water which is good for me that she won't jump in to try and save me while I am swimming!

  • Sally22
    3y ago

    Congratulations on all of your success! Really impressive! What are your plans for the future when it comes to swimming? Will you continue to compete? Are there things you'd like to pursue beyond swimming?

    Congratulations on all of your success! Really impressive! What are your plans for the future when it comes to swimming? Will you continue to compete? Are there things you'd like to pursue beyond swimming?

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      Thank you! I plan on training for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020! I would like to finish up my college degree. I also want to be an advocate to kids with disabilities and show them that "Just because you have a disability, doesn't mean you are limited. You jus have to find that one thing that makes you feel free."

      Thank you! I plan on training for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020! I would like to finish up my college degree. I also want to be an advocate to kids with disabilities and show them that "Just because you have a disability, doesn't mean you are limited. You jus have to find that one thing that makes you feel free."

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    3y ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Becca! You are an inspiration and thank you for being here on Mogul. What has worked best for you when facing difficult moments that get in the way of achieving your goals?

    Hi Becca! You are an inspiration and thank you for being here on Mogul. What has worked best for you when facing difficult moments that get in the way of achieving your goals?

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      Thank you! What works best for me when times are tough is going home to my family and regrouping. I lean on my family and take a step back from training to recenter myself and remember why I started this journey.

      Thank you! What works best for me when times are tough is going home to my family and regrouping. I lean on my family and take a step back from training to recenter myself and remember why I started this journey.

  • miranda444
    3y ago

    Also wondering if you have other sports besides swimming that you like to do or like to watch?

    Also wondering if you have other sports besides swimming that you like to do or like to watch?

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      I actually tried several different sports growing up-tennis, soccer, and softball. They were all too hard with not being able to see the ball and run down the field without tripping over anything, so I just swim. I like to watch Tennis and Football and of course swimming!

      I actually tried several different sports growing up-tennis, soccer, and softball. They were all too hard with not being able to see the ball and run down the field without tripping over anything, so I just swim. I like to watch Tennis and Football and of course swimming!

  • miranda444
    3y ago

    Hi Rebecca - I am so impressed with all that you've done. You seem to have such a positive attitude. How do you stay so positive?

    Hi Rebecca - I am so impressed with all that you've done. You seem to have such a positive attitude. How do you stay so positive?

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      Thank you! I stay positive by surrounding myself with positive people such as my family and friends. I also love looking up quotes such as motivational quotes and life changing quotes that I can reflect on and I even hang them up on my wall in my room to look at every day. I try not to take myself too seriously. I try to find the fun in everything!

      Thank you! I stay positive by surrounding myself with positive people such as my family and friends. I also love looking up quotes such as motivational quotes and life changing quotes that I can reflect on and I even hang them up on my wall in my room to look at every day. I try not to take myself too seriously. I try to find the fun in everything!

  • glasshalffull100

    Hi Becca - You're obviously a personal hero to so many. Wondering - who are your personal heroes?

    Hi Becca - You're obviously a personal hero to so many. Wondering - who are your personal heroes?

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      Thank you! My personal heroes are Helen Keller, Malala, and Michael Phelps. They all worked so hard, facing such hardships on their journey to achieve what they dream of achieving.

      Thank you! My personal heroes are Helen Keller, Malala, and Michael Phelps. They all worked so hard, facing such hardships on their journey to achieve what they dream of achieving.

  • kevin
    kevin Global Partnerships Lead
    3y ago New York, NY, United States

    Hey Becca! Who would you say was your role model growing up? Someone who has influenced and shaped your career path and just life in general. Thanks and you're such an inspiration

    Hey Becca! Who would you say was your role model growing up? Someone who has influenced and shaped your career path and just life in general. Thanks and you're such an inspiration

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      Thank you! I would say my role model growing up and I still admire him today, is Michael Phelps. We both grew up in Baltimore and I watched him thrive, struggle, and grow into what he is today. I admired his hard work ethic and his dedication to the sport. I admire that he opened up last fall to SI and shared his struggles and just how hard it is to achieve such a big dream. We all have struggles to achieve our dreams. Michael has shown me that there are ups and downs in your path to your dreams but don't ever give up.

      Thank you! I would say my role model growing up and I still admire him today, is Michael Phelps. We both grew up in Baltimore and I watched him thrive, struggle, and grow into what he is today. I admired his hard work ethic and his dedication to the sport. I admire that he opened up last fall to SI and shared his struggles and just how hard it is to achieve such a big dream. We all have struggles to achieve our dreams. Michael has shown me that there are ups and downs in your path to your dreams but don't ever give up.

  • Anne Schueler 18

    Hi Becca! You are such an inspiration for our family! I have two daughters, aged 9 and 4, who also have Usher Syndrome type 1. They both use cochlear implants to speak and listen and generally are just really great kids. What advice would you give to me as their mom to help encourage and support them? How can I help my daughters deal with their emotions as they learn more about their diagnosis? When did you start more formal orientation and mobility training and do you wish you'd started earlier or later? Sorry for asking more than one question...I'm trying to gather as much information as I can to help my girls. Thank you for your time!

    Hi Becca! You are such an inspiration for our family! I have two daughters, aged 9 and 4, who also have Usher Syndrome type 1. They both use cochlear implants to speak and listen and generally are just really great kids. What advice would you give to me as their mom to help encourage and support them? How can I help my daughters deal with their emotions as they learn more about their diagnosis? When did you start more formal orientation and mobility training and do you wish you'd started earlier or later? Sorry for asking more than one question...I'm trying to gather as much information as I can to help my girls. Thank you for your time!

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      Thank you! The advice I would give to you to encourage and support them is the same advice my parents gave to me while growing up. Never give up on your dreams. My parents encouraged me to try out all sorts of sports and hobbies (art, music, etc...). They wanted me to find something that I enjoyed very much-it didn't matter to them if I was good or not just as long as I was HAPPY doing it. As your daughters learn more about Usher's, be there for them. Be compassionate, be patient. No one else will ever understand what they are going through-tell them that you understand how hard it is. My parents are there for me when I need to cry about how hard my day was because I walked into a wall and didn't hear the teacher give out bonus points and whatnot. I started formal orientation when I was a sophomore in high school. I think it was the right time for me to start orientation at that age because I knew I didn't like using a cane but I needed to in order to get around. It was very hard to come to terms with the fact that I was losing my eyesight along with being deaf.

      Thank you! The advice I would give to you to encourage and support them is the same advice my parents gave to me while growing up. Never give up on your dreams. My parents encouraged me to try out all sorts of sports and hobbies (art, music, etc...). They wanted me to find something that I enjoyed very much-it didn't matter to them if I was good or not just as long as I was HAPPY doing it. As your daughters learn more about Usher's, be there for them. Be compassionate, be patient. No one else will ever understand what they are going through-tell them that you understand how hard it is. My parents are there for me when I need to cry about how hard my day was because I walked into a wall and didn't hear the teacher give out bonus points and whatnot. I started formal orientation when I was a sophomore in high school. I think it was the right time for me to start orientation at that age because I knew I didn't like using a cane but I needed to in order to get around. It was very hard to come to terms with the fact that I was losing my eyesight along with being deaf.

  • MaryPflumPeterson

    Hi Becca - So great to have you answering questions on Ask A Mogul Anything. You're such an inspiration. What's been the high point of your career in swimming so far? What's been the most challenging time?

    Hi Becca - So great to have you answering questions on Ask A Mogul Anything. You're such an inspiration. What's been the high point of your career in swimming so far? What's been the most challenging time?

    • Rebecca Meyers
      Rebecca Meyers Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics
      3y ago

      Thank you for having me! I have to say the high point of my career in swimming so far is when I won my 3RD Gold Medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. I have had some challenging times during my career. The one that stands out to me the most is when I got a concussion and was sidelined for about 3 months. That was a very hard time to be away from the pool. It happened right after the 2012 London Paralympic Games and all I wanted to do was train for Rio and it was hard being told not to for a long time. Also, getting that concussion was an eye opener for me that I was losing my vision and I was going to have to accept that whether I liked it or not.

      Thank you for having me! I have to say the high point of my career in swimming so far is when I won my 3RD Gold Medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. I have had some challenging times during my career. The one that stands out to me the most is when I got a concussion and was sidelined for about 3 months. That was a very hard time to be away from the pool. It happened right after the 2012 London Paralympic Games and all I wanted to do was train for Rio and it was hard being told not to for a long time. Also, getting that concussion was an eye opener for me that I was losing my vision and I was going to have to accept that whether I liked it or not.


Rebecca Meyers
Multi-Gold-Medal-Winning Swimmer, Paralympics

Rebecca Meyers, who prefers to go by Becca, began swimming in 2000 at the age of six in Baltimore, Maryland. She was born with Usher syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that left her deaf andcauses progressive vision loss. Becca had a breakout debut performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, [...]

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