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An injury from a water polo practice during his freshman year of high school left Chris Connolly a quadriplegic at age 15.
The Chicago native spent years regaining limited mobility in his arms and legs, skills he continued to sharpen while earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Stanford University.
“I now have pretty good handwriting — for a guy, I guess,” says Connolly, now 25. “And I’ve been doing a little bit of walking. It isn’t pretty. I’m not going to be a runway model anytime soon, but that’s OK.”