USA Paralympic Swimmer
Her disability was an ascribed status, meaning that she was born with disability. When she was born she had fibular hemimelia, which is when an individual is born without fibula, ankles, heels, and most foot bones. At 18 months old her lower legs were amputated so she could be fit for prosthetic legs.
She is a daughter and a sister, both of which are ascribed statuses.
Jessica is the only disabled athlete to be awarded the AAU Sullivan award, which she recieved in 2006.
Sports As a Subculture
2012 London Olympic Games
Social Interaction and Competition
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