GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (CBS) — A local swimmer made her Paralympic dreams come true over the weekend.
We first met Ahalya Lettenberger two summers ago, when she was preparing for the World Paralympic Swimming Championship.READ MORE: 'An Important Time For Us': Chicagoans Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Over the weekend, the Glen Ellyn native added some more hardware to her collection in Tokyo.
“I’m just really excited to hopefully get the chance to medal and represent my country on the biggest stage,” Lettenberger said in July before she left for Tokyo.READ MORE: Downtown Chicago Roadblocks Quell Mexican Independence Day Street Celebrations
And represent she did. Her family and friends gathered in downtown Glen Ellyn to cheer her on.
Lettenberger won the silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley – part of a 1-2 finish by Americans in the event. She also finished fourth in the 400-meter freestyle with her best time.
This all comes after Lettenberger wasn’t even sure she would have the opportunity to compete at all, after last year’s games were put off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.MORE NEWS: 'We're Back': Store Owner Reopens Chicago Sports On Michigan Avenue After 2020 Unrest
Lettenberger’s family told us she was on her way to the airport Monday to return to Rice University in Houston, where she is studying bioengineering and pre-med.